Comet Pan-STARRS

On March 5 Comet Pan STARRS will make it’s closest approach to earth. At 28 million miles away, it will be visible to the naked eye. Discovered in June of 2011 by scientists from the University of Hawaii at Manoa; while officially C/2011 L4 – they dubbed it Pan STARRS after the telescope used (Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System)

http://www.space.com/15108-comet-panstarrs-skywatching-countdown-2013.html

Pan-STARRS photographed by Michael White – New Zealand

2 thoughts on “Comet Pan-STARRS

  1. I understand that the “tails” of comets actually extend away from the sun instead in trail of the comet as it appears. Another trick of the light or am I reading it wrong?

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