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Comet PanSTARRS - Space object of the week


This week instead of a deep space object of the week we'll have a space object of the week. Comet PanSTARRS is a magnificent comet that is visible to the naked eye. From the 12th March 2013 it is visible just after sunset on the Western horizon in the UK. Please have a look at this article on how to image a comet to help you to take the best photographs of the comet as it may not reappear for another 110,000 years.

It has also been calculated that a naked eye visible comet probably occurs about once every 5 to 10 years. But don't worry if you miss it or if the clouds cover the sky. You'll have a second chance to observe a comet with the naked eye this year when comet ISON comes close in November.

Image credit: Astronomy Education Services/Gingin Observatory 

How to Find Comet PANSTARRS

The infographic below that was released by NASA shows you where you can expect to find comet PanSTARRS in the sky over the next couple of weeks.


Good Luck and Clear Skies!

Olympus 8x40 DPSI binoculars. Excellent for helping you to see the comet.

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