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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Mar 13, 2013

Comet PANSTARRS near last night’s moon

Many saw the comet near the moon on the evening of March 12. Did you look for it and not see it? Try these tips for spotting Comet PANSTARRS.

EarthSky Facebook friend Milton Otto of Austin, Texas captured this image of Comet PANSTARRS near the young  moon on March 12, 2013.  Awesome shot, Milton!  Thank you.  View larger.

EarthSky Facebook friend Milton Otto of Austin, Texas captured this image of Comet PANSTARRS near the young moon on March 12, 2013. Awesome shot, Milton! Thank you. View larger.

Around the world on March 12, people were peering at the western sky after sunset, trying to spot Comet PANSTARRS near the young moon. Did you look for it and not see it? The moon will be higher in the sky, and easier to spot, on March 13, and the comet will be in an even better place to spot – between the moon and the sunset point on the horizon. You’ll easily see the moon. Here are some more tips for seeing the comet near the moon on March 13. Remember, you’ll be looking west after sunset.

1. Let your sky get dark enough. The moon is much brighter than the comet and will appear first. If you see the moon but not the comet … wait! The sky might need to get darker before the comet comes into view. Remember to look below the moon, between it and the sunset point, on March 13.

2. Try sweeping with binoculars, below the moon, in the western twilight sky on March 13. Then, when you spot the comet, try to see it with the eye alone.

3. Look for a fan-shaped comet tail, pointing away from the sun.

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Bottom line: Beautiful photo of Comet PANSTARRS near the moon on March 12, 2013, plus tips for seeing the comet near the moon again on March 13.

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