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A Comet and the Crescent Moon

Comet Pan-STARRS captured by Dr. Travis Rector from Alaska on 12 March 2013

Comet Pan-STARRS seen from Alaska on 12 March 2013 © Travis A. Rector

As comet Pan-STARRS heads back out into the depths of the Solar System, it’s become visible to skywatchers in the northern hemisphere (after several weeks of putting on a show in southern skies.) While poor viewing due to weather confounded some over the past few days, many people did get some great views of this cosmic visitor — such as the image above, captured on the night of March 12 by Dr. Travis A. Rector from the Menaker Observatory in Anchorage, Alaska.

“Comet Pan-STARRS is the very faint dot just below the center of the image,” Dr. Rector wrote on his website. “Its tail is pointed towards the upper-left corner. This picture was taken on its greatest elongation from the Sun. Nonetheless it was very hard to see. And nearly impossible to see by the naked eye.”

See a couple more images of Pan-STARRS below:

A beautiful shot of Pan-STARRS and the crescent Moon by Bill Dickinson in eastern VA:

A beautiful shot of Pan-STARRS and the crescent Moon by Bill Dickinson in eastern VA

Pan-STARRS seen from northwestern Georgia by Stephen Rahn

Pan-STARRS seen from northwestern Georgia by Stephen Rahn

Pan-STARRS should be visible in northern skies near the west after sunset over the course of the next week or so; read more on how to best view it here.

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About Jason Major

Jason is a Rhode Island-based graphic designer, photographer, nature lover, space exploration fanatic, and coffee addict. In no particular order.

Posted on March 13, 2013, in Comets and Asteroids and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m still trying to get a glimpse of the comet in overcast and now snowy Cleveland.

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  1. Pingback: Allgemeines Live-Blog ab dem 13. März 2013 | Skyweek Zwei Punkt Null

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