Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- PanSTARRS over Parkes
Posted on 03/09/2013 5:22:59 AM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Sweeping quickly through southern skies on March 5, Comet PanSTARRS (C/2011 L4) follows the Sun toward the western horizon in this twilight scene. In the foreground is Australia's CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope, a 64 meter wide steerable dish that is no stranger to the space age exploration of comets. In March of 1986 the Parkes dish tracked ESA's Giotto spacecraft as it flew by Comet Halley and received the first ever closeup images of Halley's nucleus. At naked-eye visibility, Comet PanSTARRS made its closest approach to planet Earth on March 5. Its closest approach to the Sun will be on March 10. Heading north, PanSTARRS now begins a much anticipated appearance low in the northern hemisphere's western skies after sunset. On March 12, look for the comet hugging the western horizon near a young crescent Moon.
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[Credit & Copyright: John Sarkissian (CSIRO Parkes Observatory)]
Astronomy Picture of the Day — Comets Lemmon and PanSTARRS Peaking
Is it me, or have we been seeing a lot more comets and asteroids lately?
Or maybe, having the Internet just makes the news get out faster.
Bright comet ‘lighting sky’ as it flies by Earth
I remember the one back in the 70’s in the Indian Ocean.
I am SO glad it was a bolide and NOT a “South African Bomb”, seeing the last few years history!
(Imagine Winnie Wid a NUKE!)
You bet your asteroids!
They are from Uranus.
Winnie Wid a Nuke
Would be worse than Sandra Fluck.
That Ort Cloud can be annoying.
A wonderful movie was made about it called The Dish with Sam Neill starring. The movie uses quirky characters and American/Aussie cultural differences to tell the story with warm humor. Highly recommended.
:’) The outback scene in “The Right Stuff” probably is meant to represent the Parkes.
Who’s Winnie? Winnie Mandela?
Yeah...Imagine her with a NUKE! She does enough damage with Burning Tire “necklaces”.
I agree, that’s probably what they intended. It’s typical Hollywood, though - Parkes isn’t THAT far into the sticks.
Comet PanSTARRS -- The Movie: On the evening of March 11, 2013, Comet PanSTARRS was captured in a time lapse sequence as it set over the Dos Cabezas Mountains.
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