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Re: Comet PanSTARRS visible in evening

Posted by Bret B on March 10, 2013, 10:30 am, in reply to "Comet PanSTARRS visible in evening"

Well, I went out last night to look for the comet. It was harder to find than I expected. I had to use a good pair of binoculars. The problem was the air was too murky down close to the horizon. It was only visible from about 7:45 (when the western sky got dark enough) to about 8:00 (when the comet got too low into the thicker air toward the horizon.)

So hopefully we'll get at least one crystal clear evening before it fades too much in the next week or two, as it get farther from the sun. Try it on Tuesday evening around 8:00. The fingernail moon might help you find the comet: look about 2 finger-widths (held out at arm's length) to the left of the moon. Binoculars make it easier.

And even if you don't get to see this one, comet ISON in November/December will be much easier to spot. It could even be visible in the daytime!

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