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Comet PANSTARRS: The Show’s Not Over Yet!

by Nancy Atkinson April 24, 2013

While Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) is fading to barely naked-eye and binocular visibility (the comet has lost a full magnitude approximately every week since perihelion on March 9), astrophotographers are still able to track down the comet as it moves away from the Sun. This deep color exposure by Chris Schur in Arizona is still […]

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Comet PANSTARRS … Going … Going … Not Gone Yet!

by Bob King April 10, 2013

It’s falling out of the news but Comet PANSTARRS still lives! You can still see it in a clear sky near you with nothing more than a pair of binoculars. And thanks to guidance from the bright zigzag of Cassiopeia, it’s easier than ever to find. Would that we had had this star group to […]

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A Detailed Look at the Coma of Comet PANSTARRS

by Nancy Atkinson April 8, 2013

Comet PANSTARRS has peaked, but astronomers are still keeping an eye on this comet to try and determine what its future might hold. The team from the Remanzacco Observatory has just produced some really interesting views of Comet PANSTARRS, with a little help from Martino Nicolini and his Astroart software. Team member Nick Howes called […]

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Was the Repeating Passage of Halley’s Comet Known of in Ancient Times?

by David Dickinson April 6, 2013

An interesting and largely unknown tale of ancient astronomy recently came our way while reading author and astrophysicist Mario Livio’s blog. The story involves the passage of the most famous of all comets.   David Dickinson on Google+

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Comet PANSTARRS Meets the Andromeda Galaxy — More Amazing Images

by Nancy Atkinson April 5, 2013

More of our readers had success in capturing the awesomeness of seeing Comet PANSTARRS encounter the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) in the night sky. Göran Strand sent us this absolutely gorgeous image, taken from 70 km north of Östersund, Sweden — a really dark site with no light pollution. “This photo is a 30 minute exposure […]

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