I’ve seen Panstarrs! Well, it seemed to be a dirty smudge in the right place, towards the northwest close to the Andromeda Galaxy. I had to find it from Cassiopeia since the trees are too low to see Pegasus at this time of year. I had to dodge around to get a gap in the trees, too, and to avoid the street lights, but I succeeded. It will get closer to Cassiopeia up to early June, but also fainter. Maybe I’ll see it again, but if not, so long, buddy, and good luck! Continue reading
It was supposed to be best placed for viewing around 45-60 mins after sunset with a clear sky. I drove up to the top of a hill about a mile or so away, with a clear view to the west. I had a clear sky but an annoying bank of cloud on the horizon. If Panstarrs was there, I reckon it was behind the cloud, although others have said it is faint and not likely to be picked up without binoculars. I did scan with my binoculars. Picked up quite a lot of planes a long way in the distance, but no comet. Ah well, better luck next time we have a clear sky.
Look up, look down. It’s an exciting week if only the weather was better. Excitement mounts as PANSTARRS, the first naked-eye coment to be seen in our skies since Hale-Bopp, arrives in the northern hemisphere in the west just after sundown (it is there earlier, but heading towards the sun, so can’t be seen). Tuesday 12th should be its best chance of a good view for UK observers as it is close to the crescent moon, then still visible till until after Easter. The current forecast for 12th March is poor. Continue reading