Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Clouds, Comet and Crescent Moon
Posted on 03/14/2013 7:59:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: In silhouette against the colorful evening twilight, clouds part for this much anticipated magic moment. The scene captures naked-eye Comet PanSTARRS peeking into northern hemisphere skies on March 12. The comet stands over the western horizon after sunset, joined by the thin, flattened crescent of a day old Moon. Posing for its own beauty shot, the subtly lit dome of the 4.2 meter William Herschel Telescope is perched above cloud banks on the Canary Island of La Palma. While PanSTARRS has not quite developed into the spectacular comet once hoped for, it is still growing easier to see in the north. In coming days it will steadily climb north, farther from the Sun into darker western evening skies.
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Growing Gallery: Comet PanSTARRS at Sunset
Have been out last few evenings hoping to see it. No luck yet, but neighbors just spread chicken poop on pastures makes it an aroma therapy to not forget.
Was talking to the locals and commented that I liked their town but wondered how they could abide the smell that came wafting over in the mornings.
Their reply: “What smell?”
No chicken poop here but plenty of clouds.Have yet to see comet.
A man that owned a huge cattle feed yard would respond to comments about the smell with “That is the smell of money!” the looks he got were priceless.
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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