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Comet Pan-STARRS, March 12, 2013 imaged from Manila, Philippines using a Canon 450D DSLR, 50 mm lens, f/1.8, ISO 400, 1/3 sec exposure. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

Comet C/2011 L4 Pan-STARRS was named after its discoverer, the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS), an array of astronomical cameras and telescopes which automatically captures and detects subtle changes in the position of sky objects, thereby discovering a huge number of comets in the process. This March, comet C/2011 L4 Pan-STARRS will be visible as a faint fuzzy object, about 10 degrees above the western horizon for approximately 30 minutes right after sunset (approximately 6:30-7:00 pm in your local time). While the comet shows up nicely in photos, it may not be bright enough to be visible to the naked eye. To see the comet visually, you need at least a decent pair of binoculars.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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