Comet PANSTARRS was discovered in June 2011, and was expected to be visible to the naked eye in March 2013. But it is not as bright as the Comet ISON, which will grace the sky by end-2013. Many of those who have tried to spot this March comet needed the aid of binoculars. Keep trying, says the experts. If you are into astrophotography, have your own gallery of PANSTARRS photos. This is one cosmic event you would not want to miss.
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NASA has provided a chart for those in the Northern Hemisphere. The cosmic spectacle will be visible throughout March. (Credit: NASA)
Lucky observers of Comet PANSTARRS typically used binoculars, and they "knew just where to look. Keep trying. It's moving a little higher out of the bright depths of twilight every day now," writes Skyandtelescope.com on Mar. 11.
In contrast to Comet Ison, PANSTARRS is not expected to brighten the night sky as if it's day time. But it makes an astonishing view alongside a crescent moon. NASA has provided a chart for those in the Northern Hemisphere. (See photo above.) The cosmic spectacle will be visible throughout March.
We've rounded up Flickr, a popular photo hosting site, for some of the best Comet PANSTARRS photos. Here are some of the best views captured by some astrophotographers who have very kindly shared with International Business Times their fabulous work. (Kudos and thank you, dear photographers.)
"While I was lucky to get several photographs with my 70-300mm lens, I never actually was able to make out the comet with just my eyes, as it was a little too dim and a little too bright, but fortunately the camera sensor was able to see it just fine," writes photographer Brian Moran in his blog. Follow this link for his PANSTARRS photo on Flickr.
The crescent moon and Comet PANSTARRS as viewed from Matapeake State Park in Maryland on Mar. 12, 2013. (Credit: Brian Moran)
Here is another PANSTARRS photo from Brad Martin. Follow this link for his Flickr photostream.
The comet PANSTARRS over downtown Phoenix on Mar. 12, 2013. (Credit: Brad Martin)
Flickr user Gabriel Brammer was able to snap the PANSTARRS comet as early as March 4 from the Paranal Observatory. Here's the link to his gallery.
PanSTARRS setting over the Pacific Ocean. (Credit: Gabe Brammer)
Russel Stringfield also shared this PANSTARRS photo taken on Mar. 12. Here's the link to his Flickr page.
Taken on Mar. 12 just after sundown. Comet Panstarrs is visible to the left of the moon. (Credit: Russell Stringfield)
Which photo is your favorite? PANSTARRS is not going away soon, but the precious view of the crescent moon will soon take another shape. You might want to try again tonight. (May the clouds and weather cooperate.)
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