Bright Naked Eye Comet, The 1st Of the Two Biggies Of 2013, Will Soon Be Visible Over NH. Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS).

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Anura Guruge



Over Argentina on March 2. Image courtesy Luis Argerich — with Thanks.


Compute orbital diagram from NASA/JPL. Click to ENLARGE.

Compute orbital diagram from NASA/JPL. Click to ENLARGE.


We won’t see it in the Northern Hemisphere until next week. It would, of course, be better with binoculars or a small telescope. It, alas, is not going to be as bright as initially hoped.

But, this is only the teaser, the support act, for the main cometary event of the year — possibly the century. And I am here talking as one that saw and remembered C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) in 1997.

The BIG ONE will be around Thanksgiving/Hanukkah 2013. C/2012 S1 (ISON). That will be a show. Mark my word.


Hale-Bopp c. 1997.


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2 responses to “Bright Naked Eye Comet, The 1st Of the Two Biggies Of 2013, Will Soon Be Visible Over NH. Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS).”

  1. Stephen Mann says :

    Thank you so much for this article. I am an arm-chair astronomer and I love to look at the stars. Keep up the good work.

    • aguruge says :

      Thank you. My pleasure. With luck you will see more posts on comets in the near future. I am a comet junkie. Which ones do YOU remember. I was a student in Wales in 1973. Remember climbing up small hills at night looking for C/1973 E1 (Kohoutek). I will post positions for PANSTARRS later this week. Cheers.

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