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Watch Pan-STARRS Comet today, tomorrow

If you have missed catching a glimpse of Pan-STARRS comet over the horizon on Sunday, don’t get disappointed. According to astronomy buffs, the comet will be visible in the west on Monday and Tuesday as well. It will also be at its brightest on these two days.

The comet, which is the brightest in recent years, can be viewed with the naked eye as well as binoculars. Known officially as C/2011 L4, it is a non-periodic comet discovered in June 2011 with the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii.

On Sunday, comet buffs gathered at the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in the evening to try and catch a glimpse of Pan-STARRS  as it passed the sun at a distance of 0.3 Astronomical Unit.

However, with cloud cover in the west, they were disappointed.

“In the next two days, the comet will be brightest as

it moves away from the sun. Also on Tuesday, it can be viewed very close to the moon,” said Jayanth Basavarajaiah, president of Association of Bangalore Amateur Astronomers (ABAA).

Another event that astronomers in the city are looking forward to is the ISON comet which is expected to become visible to the naked eye some time in November.

However, Jayanth cautioned that comet

watching is a very fickle hobby and expectations could be dashed anytime.

“Expectations are that ISON can be viewed with the naked eye even when there is sunlight. Just as you can see the moon during daytime,” he added.

Source : http://newindianexpress.com/cities/bangalore/article1496989.ece

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