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Monday, 11 March 2013

[BAA-ebulletin 00731] Comet C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS) is now visible in the northern hemisphere

BAA electronic bulletin
Comet C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS) is now setting after the Sun as seen from UK
latitudes. It has put on a good show in the southern hemisphere and,
although its brightness has been difficult to estimate in a bright sky,
it may have reached zero magnitude. It certainly has a nice tail as can
be seen in this image taken from Perth, Australia:

The comet has been moving north and it has already been seen from Gran
Canaria as shown in this image taken in bright twilight yesterday evening:

Over the next few evenings the comet will move further from the Sun and
it should become easier to see as it is will be higher up as the sky
darkens. If you do get clear weather it will be worth scanning the
western horizon shortly after sunset to get a glimpse of this
interesting object. DSLR users can take multiple short exposures and
stack them to bring the comet out from the bright background.

For the remainder of March and April the comet will continue to move
higher and fade. The Moon will also start to becomes a problem from next
weekend. A graphic showing the path of the comet in the evening sky was
in the February Journal and it is available online here:

Best of luck with your attempts. Please send any observations to the
Comet Section at

We hope to discuss this comet and comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) at the Comet
Section meeting which will be held in Northampton on May 18. Full
details are here:

Nick James. Comet Section.


Good Clear Skies
Colin James Watling
Various Voluntary work-Litter Picking for Parish Council (Daytime) and also a friend of Kessingland Beach (Watchman)
Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)
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