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Czech republic  |  March 21, 2013 10:25:06

I look out the window: You can see the comet PanSTARRS


The comet will shine like stars "Big Dipper". "Eyes will be seen until the beginning of April, but the best view of her tail, however, offers little telescope, such as hunting binoculars," say the scientists from the Academy of Sciences. Comet scientists discovered the Hawaiian island of Maui back in 2011, but the ideal conditions for observing it occurred until now.
In a few days, then its brightness will be around 2.5 magnitude. The comet, however, can only be found within a few tens of minutes between 18:30 and 19:00, when the western horizon more bright twilight.

Astronomers advice on how best to see the comet
The observations of the comet's search for a place with a very good view of the western and north-western horizon. Coincidentally, the visibility of the comet from the period of the spring equinox.On the move observation post at the time of sunset and about 20 minutes after the start of the places look small telescope - such as Hunting binoculars - at about 1/9 between the horizon and the zenith. About half an hour after sunset, the comet had been no major problems put to find. The binocular as nightfall approaches and highlight its whitish dust tail.

Evolution of comets in recent months has been quite dramatic

The comet since its discovery was first considered potentially extremely clear Vlasatice this year, which would shortly clarity should exceed negative magnitude, and could thus be classified as historically known comets such as Hale-Bopp in 1997. At the end of 2012 but its brightening slowed, partly as astronomers expected.


During March, the comet will be shifting from Pisces into Pegasus, at the end of the month moves into the constellation Andromeda.

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