Comet PANSTARRS Reaches Out To The Andromeda Galaxy Tonight

Last night was perfect for PANSTARRS watching. Not a cloud, very steady air. From a dark rural site, the comet was still dimly visible with the naked eye glowing like a smeared 4th magnitude star. That’s about as faint as star as you can see from the outer suburbs of a moderate-sized city. Despite fading,…
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Comet PANSTARRS Grows Fan-tastic Tail

I know. You’re probably got PANSTARRS fatigue. Still, I can’t help but direct your eyes once again to yet another wonderful photograph, this one made by Italian amateur astronomer Lorenzo Comolli. Like many of us, he lives in a light polluted area and must escape to find darker skies. For Lorenzo that means a trip…
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Don’t Give Up On Comet PANSTARRS Yet

We’ve had a good week for Comet PANSTARRS watching in my region. I hope you’ve also had an opportunity to go out for a look. Three clear nights with fine binocular views presented themselves. The first night the wind blew at 30 mph and I could barely keep the telescope from spinning around; the second…
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A Map To Help You See Comet PANSTARRS All March Long

Darn moon. Just can’t depend on it. Pity it’s moved far from Comet C/2011 L4 PANSTARRS. Does that mean you shouldn’t bother with the comet anymore? No! With PANSTARRS higher up in the sky compared to a week ago, don’t throw in the towel yet. The moon’s proximity made finding the comet relatively easy on…
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Get The Lowdown On Fireballs; PANSTARRS First Impressions

NASA launched a new website this month to share information gathered by U.S. military sensors on super-sized meteors like the recent blast over Chelyabinsk, Russia. Called Fireball and Bolide Reports, it’s handled through NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program and features a table of particulars about significant new falls. What better way to start the new service…
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