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Old 02-24-2013, 08:31 AM
 
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Comet Panstarrs will be visible from now til around March 12th, visible right after sunset.

From today til end of the month, the comet is closer to the sun than Venus.

As seen from mid-northern latitudes, Comet Panstarrs might become visible with an optical aid around March 7 or 8. However, the comet will sit in the glow of dusk and will set around 40 to 45 minutes after sunset. By March 12, the comet will be considerably higher in the sky and will set around 75 minutes after sun. What’s more, the comet will be next to the waxing crescent moon on the North American evening of March 12.

It stated In march it is visible to the un aided eye.


Comet PANSTARRS in early March 2013



Comet PANSTARRS from mid- to late March 2013



for more on this comet click here Comet PANSTARRS possibly visible to eye in March 2013 | Space | EarthSky

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Old 02-27-2013, 03:02 PM
 
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All about PANSTARRS:

Comet PANSTARRS possibly visible to eye in March 2013 | Space | EarthSky same link. sorry/redundant.


I can't wait for ISON towards the end of the year.

http://earthsky.org/space/big-sun-di...acular-in-2013
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:44 PM
 
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All about PANSTARRS:

Comet PANSTARRS possibly visible to eye in March 2013 | Space | EarthSky same link. sorry/redundant.


I can't wait for ISON towards the end of the year.

Big sun-diving Comet ISON might be spectacular in late 2013 | Space | EarthSky
Thank you for reminder, sunset will be here shortly The temperature outside is decent enough for star gazing.
Hopefully I wont get distracted and forget.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:09 PM
 
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I saw a bright streak across the sky tonight, roughly at 8:15 going from west to east. It was very bright and not high up like a shooting star, it appeared closer to the horizon. I at first thought it was a meteor, maybe it was the comet.
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:39 AM
 
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Comet PANSTARRS is expected to become visible just after sunset this weekend. If you have clear skies and an unobstructed view to the west, the comet is suppose to be just above the horizon after sunset.
It stated you dont need telescope or binoculars but it will make more viewing pleasure and finally a sky watch on a mild evening.
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Old 04-13-2013, 10:44 AM
 
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SunnyKayak or anyone else - do you know of a good spot for skywatching near Charlotte? Perhaps a camping spot with little light pollution and open fields? I've been looking for an opportunity to take my family on a trip where the stars are more visible than here in the city. Thanks.
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Old 04-13-2013, 04:39 PM
 
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Anytime something significant in sky I have the advantage of standing in middle of fields in western Lincoln County.

The closes place I can think of the moment that has no light pollution is Kings Mountain State Park and of course out on any of the three lakes. Area Information for Kings Mountain State Park

The sky this week. The Sky this Week:
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:07 PM
 
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I saw the Big Dipper a little while ago while out near Albemarle. Haven't seen it that big and clear in years.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:28 AM
 
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The annual Lyrid meteor shower is active from about April 16 to 25. In the dark Carolina sky, you might see 10 to 20 meteors per hour. Everything you need to know: Lyrid meteor shower | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:25 AM
 
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Of course tonight the temperature is cool.
If you have binoculars, Saturn will be close and you can see it's rings.

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