Comet PanSTARRS March 2013

As seen from mid-northern latitudes, Comet Panstarrs might become visible with an optical aid around March 7 or 8, 2013. 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.  (So we may see it then also.)

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PanStarr Comet


HERE is a gallery of comet pictures showing how the comet PanSTARRS is becoming more visible in the northern hemisphere.  In time the pictures will show more recent comet events.

As March progresses the comet will move away from the sun and fade from view.  It will move up and to the left in the diagram below.

PanSTARRS orbit in relation to Earth, Mercury and the Sun

At last one TDFC member has the patience and knowledge to photograph the elusive comet:

Comet PanSTARRS by RussellClick image to view

10th March 2013, looking for the comet above Ardgay; this is what we saw at about 18:47:

Not a comet to be seen

Great evening – 10/03/2013. I went out to the Dornoch Bridge to get a reasonably clear western horizon. The comet should have been just in the notch above the wide creek at the left of this pic but I could see nothing. The haze layer just above the horizon was quite thick. I tried from 1855 to 1915. If it’s clear tomorrow I’ll try a little earlier (c1815) but it may just be too low for our latitude.  -David-

PanSTARRS not visible from Dornoch Bridge

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3 Responses to “Comet PanSTARRS March 2013”

  1. admin says:

    April 2013 locations for Comet PanSTARRS:

    PanSTARRS in the morning

    Comet PanSTARRS in the evening sky, April 2013


  2. David McAllister says:

    Comet panSTARRS at last!

    Having been off on the wrong side of Madeira I hadn’t had a chance to see the comet and had not found it in our dusk before going south. Tonight Heather & I had very clear views.

    The comet is now a binocular object above the NNW horizon at 22:00. Tonight it was clearly visible in the same field of view as the Andromeda nebula. It is now a true northern comet being above our horizon all night (and of course all day but invisible when the sun is up). Over the next few nights it will move east from the Andromeda nebula but should still be relatively easy to find against the dark sky.

    David McAllister

  3. Russell says:

    I saw the comet again last night and tried to photograph it but did not get any useable results, worse than the last ones!
    It is much higher and further north. Very close to the Andromeda galaxy which it gets closest to on the 6th April. It is heading in the general area towards the constelation Cassiopea.
    It has faded and I could not see it with the naked eye but is easily visible in binoculars and looks good through a spotting scope.
    Good seeing!