Comets in the Sky

First thing I’ve felt excited about in weeks…

I just found out that the comet Pan-STARRS will begin being visible from the Northern Hemisphere today!

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And weather permitting, I will be out there this evening with my binoculars trying to catch a glimpse of it.

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However, according to this video that I saw in an article that I read on Space.com this morning, “it could be difficult to see because from our point of view on Earth the comet will be very close to the sun, this means that it is only observable in twilight when the sky is not fully dark.”

Although I’ll be heading out there tonight, they are saying “the best dates to look may be March 12th and 13th when it emerges in the Western sunset sky not far from the crescent moon.”  So I will definitely be checking it out then as well.  Oh how lovely to have a comet and a crescent moon both shining at once!

Also, according to the video there is another, even better comet due to grace our night sky later this year.  “In November 2013 comet ISON could shine as brightly as a full moon in broad daylight when it passes through the atmosphere of the sun.”  As bright as a full moon in broad daylight?!  Sweet!  That’s what I’m talking about!  Seriously though how cool!

Yeah, I tend to get off on all things sky related, and with the rarity of comets I’m absolutely tickled at the possibility of seeing these.  “Two bright comets in one year is a rare treat.”

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Here is the link to the original article I read on Space.com if you are interested in learning more:

http://www.space.com/20091-comet-pan-starrs-night-sky-stargazing-tips.html?cmpid=514630

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