The 2013 Comet PANSTARRS will continue to astonish the viewers with another spectacular appearance today, March 13. A couple of expert observers shared on the internet web sites their captured images of the Comet PANSTARRS for the other curious viewers to see.
Observer Fritz Helmut Hemmerich shared an animated sequence of the Comet PANSTARRS from Tenerife in Canary Islands on the web site SpaceWeather.com. "We went high on the Teide volcano to photograph the comet. Each frame in the video is a 4-second exposure taken with a Canon 1100D digital camera set at ISO 400," Hemmerich stated.
Hanoch Hemmerich, Fritz's son, shared the Comet PANSTARRS video footage on the Vimeo web site for public viewing. Other 2013 Comet PANSTARRS videos from the Northern and Southern Hemisphere have been included as well in Vimeo.
Online viewers are suggested to opt for the full-screen HD view in order to catch a better sight of the Comet PANSTARRS. For more upcoming Comet PANSTARRS sightings, the images gallery on SpaceWeather.com can be viewed.
Without any weather disturbances today, the comet is expected to become visible near to the ground at the western horizon for approximately 1 hour after sunset. The Comet PANSTARRS is now more likely to shine bright like a star in the Big Dipper with a visible tail close to the lower-right of the thin crescent moon.
"It should be bright enough for you to be able to see the tail of the comet itself," stated Daniel Batcheldor, the Director of Florida Tech's Olin Observatory and assistant professor in the Physics and Space Sciences Department.
Cloudy skies or the comet's sudden dissolution will definitely disappoint the viewers. Comet PANSTARRS will be near to the ground that even trees or tall buildings could obstruct the viewers' sight.
Experts suggest the use of binoculars or telescopes will help in having a better view of the Comet PANSTARRS.
The Florida Tech offers the public an opportunity to stare at the Comet PANSTARRS with the use of their telescopes. The public viewers can drop by the Florida Tech's Olin Observatory from 8 to10 p.m. in the Olin Physical Sciences Building, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne.
Other expert observers claimed that viewers will begin having difficulties in viewing the Comet PANSTARRS in the midst of the sunset's glare as the week goes by. The comet will become increasingly higher and dimmer in the sky with a more northerly direction before fading.
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