Comet’s Vertical Tail

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Day 14 since starting observation. The last two days the weather didn’t help to continue the observation, however, this evening, the weather is a little hazy, but no notable clouds. The tail was in sight, and the direction of the tail this this time was upward, or vertical.

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To the observer from earth, the comet tail is moving clockwise each day Since it appeared in northern hemisphere night sky. The reports says the comet is dimming, but again, due to the fact that the comet is start to stay longer in the night sky as it darkens after the sunset gave it a relative higher brightness to the naked eyes. Few more close up pictures were taken, and few more while the comet was setting in to the horizon. Here are few of those pictures.

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 This one was taken next to a communication tower to show scale.

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The second shot was taken for the comet alone,

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and the third one while the comet is setting. I hope you Enjoy!

March – 16 – 2013

Santa Susana mountains

Until Next Time…



Clouds Blocking Comet Observation.

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On Day 12, and less than a week since the Comet PANSTARRS start showing up in the Northern evening sky west ward. Tonight the sky is covered with clouds and no trace for the comet.

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The Sunset view is breath taking as always, and every sunset is unique in it’s beauty, the view never gets old.  The sky was changing in colors as product of the sun interacting with the clouds casting all types of colors that you can find in spectrum. The sunset warm colors express the end of a busy day, and the cold blue cover that comes in relaxes and comfort the observer regardless of what they intended to observe and didn’t find. I couldn’t help to see take a picture of the city as it glows slowly and warm up as the atmosphere cools down. The wind start to blow stronger, and the stars glow were visible through out the holes in the clouds. The moon was glowing regardless.

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Let’s hope the weather will clear up in the next couple of days as the tail of the comet changes it’s direction.

March – 14 – 2013

Los Angeles County

Until Next Time…



Over the Hills: Day 11 on Comet observation

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From the past few days of observing Comet PANSTARRS, I wanted to see how it would look like if I covered my light polluted city view from the mountains I was in. As I did, the naked eye observation were much better, and I didn’t need to use averted vision as often to locate the comet location. I sacrificed seeing the Comet reaching the line of the horizon, but I gained a better view condition for the eye. It would have been much better to observe from a dark sky location, but that was a luxury at the time that I couldn’t offered.

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Here two pictures of the comet, one where it is a bit high in the sky where the remnant hint of the blue sky is still present, and the other is when it was a bit darker from the effect of the Sun, and closer to the horizon.


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Other notes on observation, was the fact the comet head was a bit brighter, but that’s not due to the actual brightness of the comet, for it was actually dimming, but the fact that the comet location from earth skies is delaying each night and getting further away from the sun will make the sky darker. There for, from the observer perspective  it looks brighter. Also, the tail is rising up more clockwise and getting closer to the vertical position.


March – 13 – 2013

Los Angeles county


Comet, and the crescent Moon!

Article header_simplePanSTARR Mar-12-2013 s2            Day 10 from starting observation of the Comet PanSTARRS, and day 2 since it appeared to the naked eye in the Northern Hemisphere from Los Angeles location point of view.

At the date March-12-2013 the comet was higher in the sky, and more apparent. It was close to the crescent moon that day, on the moon’s left to be exact. It made a beautiful view of an already spectacular show. The tail is easier to spot with the naked eye.  However, the observer might need a little averted vision technique to start locating the comet, and little knowledge of where it will be between the background stars and the moon position of that particular night helped a lot.

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The fact that the observation made in the same location as the previews day made it easier to spot. Also, the weather was much better in this day.

Several shots with the camera were taken, and three were chosen to be submitted here in this post. The first image posted was taken at Santa Susanna Pass in southern California on March 12 at 8:04 p.m. PDT. This image was also submitted to Astronomy Magazine, and it was accepted and been published. You can go to their website and find it: You can also find it in the gallery of Sky & Telescope Magzine

Comet PANSTARRS and the crescent Moon close up.

The two other pictures are close ups with different set of lens and different timing. This is in short the observations that were made on March – 12 – 2013.

Until next time…


Welcome Comet PanSTARRS.

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Day 9, attempt 9 is success.  Welcome to the North hemisphere Comet PanSTARRS. Even if you are still dim and low in the horizon, I will show you the place in the next couple of weeks. Good to have you here.

Finally, after trying for a little over a week, the comet has been captured.  As the comet is soaring away from the Sun, it will be possible to see it much later after the Sun set, which will make it easier to observe due to the absent of the Sun glare, however, as the comet increases its distance from the Sun, it will shine dimmer. Still, there is a chance of better view in the coming couple of weeks.

Now go out after Sunset, have a clear view of the western horizon, and enjoy the first naked eye comet of 2013


March – 11 – 2013.

Forty minute after sunset. Santa Susana Pass