Comet PANSTARRS – Hit Me Baby One More Time

If you’re looking for nature’s version of a straight-edge, look no further than Comet PANSTARRS. We had the opportunity to see its millions-mile-wide dust fan edge-on this weekend. Well, not all of us did. Moonlight spoiled the visual view but astrophotographers found ways around the moonlight to produce spectacular images. Tail lengths estimates varied, but…
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Cool Moon, Hot Sun And A Laser-like PANSTARRS Comet

Click to watch the nearly full moon cover the bright star Beta Scopii last night. I caught a glimpse of the moon last night but clouds ruled soon after. Too bad. Like some of you I’d hoped to see the bright star Beta in the constellation Scorpius pinned to the moon’s edge. Others were luckier…
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Don’t Let Comets PANSTARRS And Lemmon Out Of Your Sight … Yet

What the heck have comets L4 PANSTARRS and Lemmon been up to anyway? ¬†Well, they’re still visible in 50mm binoculars and small telescopes. You can see them both sans moonlight in the morning sky after moonset. PANSTARRS first shows at nightfall not far from the North Star Polaris, one reason why it’s easy to find.…
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Comet Lemmon’s Back Plus Earth May Get Peppered With Comet ISON Dust

As Comet PANSTARRS gallops off into the sunset of deep space, we anticipate the arrival of another fine binocular comet – C/2012 F6 Lemmon. Some of you might recall this comet from earlier in the year, when it reached naked eye brightness for sky watchers in the southern hemisphere and grew a long, ribbon-like tail.…
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Fingernail Moon, Aurora Watch And Comet PANSTARRS Made Easy

The moon has returned to sweeten the evening. Watch for a thin crescent low in the western sky tonight below the Seven Sisters star cluster. Tomorrow it moves upward, thickens a bit and shines near the V-shaped Hyades star cluster. Topping off the weekend, the crescent will stand just 2 degrees left of the planet…
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