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View Comet PANSTARRS

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 7:00pm

View Comet PANSTARRS

Join the Physics Department and members of the Astronomy Club for a view of Comet PANSTARRS on the evening of Tuesday, March 12th starting at 7:00 pm (DST).

The comet has been putting on a good show for sky-watchers in the Southern Hemisphere. As it orbits into view for us, we should be in for a celestial treat. Plus, on the 12th, the comet is projected to make a lovely pairing with the nearby crescent moon. Of course, as famous comet-hunter David Levy once quipped: Comets are like cats; they have tails, and they do precisely what they want.

We will be viewing from the 3rd-floor connector between Lewis Hall of Science and Eaton. There will be telescopes and binoculars on hand. (Hopefully, we won’t need them!) Feel free to bring your camera to try your hand at taking a picture of the first substantial comet in this hemisphere since the dawn of the digital camera era.

The comet will not be high above the horizon, so viewing time will be limited before the comet sets below the western horizon for the evening.

Cloudy date: Friday, March 15th, same time and place.

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