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Spectacular Comet and Moon View Wows Stargazers (Photos)
space.com ^ | 13 March 2013 Time: 06:17 PM ET | Tariq Malik, SPACE.com Managing Editor

Posted on 03/14/2013 11:58:11 AM PDT by BenLurkin

The Comet Pan-STARRS may be a challenge to spot in the evening sky, but it still dazzled stargazers around the world when it paired up with the moon Tuesday (March 12).

Comet Pan-STARRS is currently appearing low on the western horizon just after sunset, making it hard to pick out in the bright evening twilight for some observers. But on Tuesday evening, a slender crescent moon served as a celestial guide for those stargazers with clear, dark skies.

Just northwest of Rio Rancho, N.M., astrophotographer Josh Knutson and his 8-year-old daughter Aurora were amazed at the sight of Comet Pan-STARRS and the moon shining side by side.

While Knutson and his daughter had no problem spotting Comet Pan-STARRS, not every observer has been so lucky. While trying to snap images of the comet and moon over Las Vegas, photographer Tyler Leavitt learned the hard way how difficult separating Comet Pan-STARRS from the bright evening twilight could be.

"It was VERY difficult to find," Leavitt explained in an email. "I found it in binoculars first, then could barely see it with averted vision."

(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: antitail; comet; comet2011l4; cometandmoon; cometpanstarrs; moon

1 posted on 03/14/2013 11:58:11 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Too much hyperbole in the headlines. I have seen spectacular comets and this isn’t one. It’s very nice, but, it’s no Comet West or Hale Bopp.


2 posted on 03/14/2013 11:59:37 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Conan the Librarian
I was driving with a friend on a dark country road when Haley Bopp occurred. We stopped, turned off the headlights and watched it for a long time. Truly spectacular event for us.
3 posted on 03/14/2013 12:04:08 PM PDT by Bitsy
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To: Conan the Librarian

I agree. I’ve seen it the last two nights. It was only visible with binoculars. Cool but no big deal.


4 posted on 03/14/2013 12:04:10 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Progressive, Marxist liberals do not evolve, they morph into fascists.)
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To: Conan the Librarian

Comet West was the best. I’ll remember that one for my entire life.


5 posted on 03/14/2013 12:12:20 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: Conan the Librarian
It’s very nice, but, it’s no Comet West or Hale Bopp.

Ya shoulda seen Hyakutake over the Indian Ocean in the mid '90s.
Hyakutake
6 posted on 03/14/2013 12:16:17 PM PDT by RandallFlagg
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To: BenLurkin
wow! ;-)

7 posted on 03/14/2013 12:21:52 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: BenLurkin
My sister was visiting in the Las Vegas, NM area and went out with friends to see the comet. She said the moon was spectacular Tuesday evening and she had never seen it as such a narrow crescent. Her friend tried to get a picture but didn't have his good camera and tripod with him. I will have to show them this photo. Thanks for the post!
8 posted on 03/14/2013 12:24:25 PM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: BenLurkin

9 posted on 03/14/2013 12:42:12 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: BenLurkin

Last night in crystal clear skies, I could just barely see it in 7 x 50 binoculars, on Prospect Hill Road, in Harvard, MA. There was a guy there with a Meade LX200 10”, f/10 and it was quite easy to see in a 10” telescope. The sky was exceptionally clear last night in these parts.


10 posted on 03/14/2013 12:48:02 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: All

Looks like an Aviv event.


11 posted on 03/14/2013 1:31:27 PM PDT by veracious
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To: RandallFlagg
Hyakutake introduced me to my wife. Our club was doing a public event for the closest pass and she came out. http://home.comcast.net/~waccoo/walt3.jpg
12 posted on 03/14/2013 2:34:00 PM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Conan the Librarian

Dang, photo nor the link worked.

Cut and paste!


13 posted on 03/14/2013 2:34:35 PM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Conan the Librarian

That’s pretty sweet.


14 posted on 03/14/2013 2:40:52 PM PDT by RandallFlagg
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To: Conan the Librarian

15 posted on 03/14/2013 3:48:32 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Thanks!


16 posted on 03/14/2013 6:20:24 PM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: BenLurkin; brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; ...

Thanks BenLurkin, and an extra ping to APoD members.


17 posted on 03/15/2013 9:25:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: al baby

It’s turning blue, must be potent stuff.


18 posted on 03/15/2013 10:00:30 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: RandallFlagg
Hyakutake was spectacular. I watched it approach, fly overhead, and depart over the course of the month.

-PJ

19 posted on 03/15/2013 10:39:03 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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The PanSTARRS and Comet PanSTARRS keywords, newest to oldest:
20 posted on 03/15/2013 10:39:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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Thanks Berlin_Freeper!
Comet PanSTARRS -- The Movie: On the evening of March 11, 2013, Comet PanSTARRS was captured in a time lapse sequence as it set over the Dos Cabezas Mountains.

Comet PanSTARRS -- The Movie: On the evening of March 11, 2013, Comet PanSTARRS was captured in a time lapse sequence as it set over the Dos Cabezas Mountains.

21 posted on 03/16/2013 7:20:13 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Conan the Librarian

No, Conan! In Firefox, you just highlight the link, right click and click open in another tab, and there it is. It’s beautiful, and a lovely memory of the night you met your wife. Great story!


22 posted on 03/16/2013 1:02:55 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: SunkenCiv

Nice, Mr. Civilizations! Thank you so much.


23 posted on 03/16/2013 1:04:46 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

PanSTARRS is a dud of a name though.


24 posted on 03/16/2013 8:28:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

You got that right.


25 posted on 03/16/2013 8:34:54 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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