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06 September 2012

Comet passing 2013: Will we see it?


Comet Pan-STARRS is expected to pass fairly near Earth in early spring of next year. This Comet will pass within the orbit of Mercury, so pretty close to us that many amateur and professional astronomers are waiting for it's arrival.

The Comet is still faint, but on March 9 2013 it will be roughly 45 million kilometers from the Sun. The Comet should then be visible with the naked eye for all to see.

As Comet Pan-STARRS make it's approach, here at the Astronomy Club Toutatis we have another item on our list (should I say long list).

Read all about Comet Pan-STARRS in Nancy Atkinson's article on Universe Today.
Read also on Wikipedia the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid System or Pan-STARRS telescope.

Picture caption: Comet C/2011 L4 Pan STARRS by John Glossop, Cootamundra, NSW, Australia.