Comet Panstarrs to be near the moon on March 12-13, 2013

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Hello NikonCafe Members:

On March 12-13, 2013 Comet Panstarrs will be visible close to the moon. On the 12th, the comet will be to the visible to the upper left of the moon. On the 13th the comet will be visible to the lower right of the moon.

The comet is estimated to be 2nd magnitude, but because a comet takes up a larger area of the sky, and due to the contrast of the sky and comet, the comet may be a bit more difficult to see then a 2nd magnitude star which is a pin point of light.

The comet will be low in the western sky on the dates listed above after sunset.

For more information on Comet Panstarrs go to www.astronomy.com or to www.skyandtelescope.com If any member gets photos of the comet, please post them on the NikonCafe website. Good luck in viewing the comet.

Steve Zalewski
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Syracuse Camera Club member, and
amateur astronomer
Syracuse, NY

Nikon N80, F5, various Nikkor lenses and a Celestron C5+ astronomical telescope
 
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March 2, 2013

Hello NikonCafe Members:

On March 12-13, 2013 Comet Panstarrs will be visible close to the moon. On the 12th, the comet will be to the visible to the upper left of the moon. On the 13th the comet will be visible to the lower right of the moon.

The comet is estimated to be 2nd magnitude, but because a comet takes up a larger area of the sky, and due to the contrast of the sky and comet, the comet may be a bit more difficult to see then a 2nd magnitude star which is a pin point of light.

The comet will be low in the western sky on the dates listed above after sunset.

For more information on Comet Panstarrs go to www.astronomy.com or to www.skyandtelescope.com If any member gets photos of the comet, please post them on the NikonCafe website. Good luck in viewing the comet.

Steve Zalewski
NikonCafe member,
Syracuse Camera Club member, and
amateur astronomer
Syracuse, NY

Nikon N80, F5, various Nikkor lenses and a Celestron C5+ astronomical telescope
Thanks Steve! I am going to try to set up for two AST 101 classes, so the students can observe this comet. It might be difficult because we have a pretty bright sky at the school, but I will give it a shot.
 
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To Chris:

According to some information that I saw at www.skyandtelescope.com the comet will appear a bit higher in the sky the further south the observer is. The information published by the astronomy magazines is for 40 degrees north latitude. You should make your adjustments based on the most current information for your area. You may want to consult the nearest science museum, observatory, or planetarium in your area for the most up to date information.

Steve Zalewski
Syracuse, NY
 

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Thanks for sharing this, Steve.

I'm going to be up in the mountains next week and hope the weather holds up.
 
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