bobbycaputo: Moon pairs up with Comet PanSTARRS for big…


Moon pairs up with Comet PanSTARRS for big show

Two elusive superstars came out on Tuesday evening to greet their adoring fans — in L.A. and Vegas, as well as in California’s Mojave Desert and the mountaintops of Arizona and California. As a matter of fact, observers around the world could catch a glimpse of Comet PanSTARRS and the barely lit crescent moon, as long as the skies were clear.

Like most superstars, Comet PanSTARRS doesn’t always live up to its advance billing. For months, skywatchers have been looking forward to PanSTARRS as one of the top sights in the night sky. The long-period comet is now thought to be at its brightest, due to the fact that it has just come out of its close approach to the sun. But finding it has proved more difficult than expected, because it’s so easily lost in the glare of sunset.

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I’ve been seriously procrastinating about re-aligning my telescope’s mirror. No more!

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