Comet Pan STARRS to pass close to M81/M82

2 weeks 12 hours ago #108891 by lunartic
From May 21 through May 26, comet PanSTARRS will pass close to the galaxy pair, being closest on May 22.

www.jb.man.ac.uk/astronomy/nightsky/PanSTARRS24thMay20.jpg

It should make a great sight and an excellent opportunity for photographers.

PanSTARRS passed the Double Cluster in January, and as usual, the Irish weather played its usual nasty trick and clouded us out.  Fingers crossed for this one.

Paul

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2 weeks 6 hours ago #108896 by Keith g
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I’ll try for this Paul, hopefully our weather will be good this time round 

Keith..

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1 week 6 hours ago #108940 by lunartic
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The weather looks promising for seeing this event tonight.  Fingers crossed.

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6 days 14 hours ago #108945 by lunartic
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I managed to observe this event with my 120mm refractor, and I have to say that I was disappointed in the appearance of PanSTARRS, it showed as nothing more than an amorphous blob of nebulous light.  I could not see any sign of a tail.  Maybe the tail is only visible in photographs.
Paul

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6 days 9 hours ago #108946 by flt158
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That's okay, Paul.

Many congratulations to you for observing 3 "fuzzy" objects together!

Clear skies,

Aubrey.

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