Mar 11, 2013 6:44 PM by Brian White

Comet PanSTARRS dazzles Tucson, but only for a moment

TUCSON - The first of three bright comets anticipated in 2013 became visible to North American observers this past weekend.


Here is (perhaps one of the first views of) Comet PanStarrs from Tucson, AZ. This might be a typical view from a city and this image is similar to what it looks like with binoculars. Look for the comet 30 minutes (exactly!) after sunset as it gets a little higher above the horizon each night this week. You will only have about 15 minutes to find and enjoy it before it sets. Needless to say, it is a challenge.

The comet will be shown each night from the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter as part of our public shows. The SkyCenter will also publish images of it this week as it becomes more easily seen in the twilight (check our website for updates!).



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