View Full Version : A hairy star

Terry D
March 14th, 2013, 03:22 PM
The Greek root of the word comet means 'hairy star'. Here are a couple of shots of the transient visitor currently passing by our small world. The comet's official name is C/2011 L4 PanSTARRS.


Don't worry if you miss it, it will be back in 110,000 years.



candid petunia
March 14th, 2013, 03:53 PM
Good shots, Terry. :)

I seem to have missed this sighting, oh well, will wait for the next...

March 14th, 2013, 04:45 PM
Nice. I didn't know about this comet either.

Terry D
March 14th, 2013, 04:53 PM
It will still be visible low in the west just after sunset (45 minutes) for a few more days in the northern hemisphere. The photos make it look easy to see, but it is actually barely visible to the naked eye. Binoculars bring it out nicely. Here's a chart for mid-northern latitudes;