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Pan-STARRS comet visible from Romania

on 13 March 2013

This week, a bright comet called Pan-STARRS, inspired by the Hawaii telescope with which it was discovered, could be pursued with binoculars or even the naked eye, if the weather is favorable for sky observations.

After the days before it was visible in the southern hemisphere, the PAN-STARRS comet is now traversing the northern hemisphere, being visible from Romania. Those wishing to observe the comet must find a place where you can see the horizon at sunset. It's also good to be in an area with as little light pollution as possible. To find the comet look at west at sunset, slightly to the left of the pace where the sun set. Never look directly at the sun, especially through binoculars because you risk to be affected.

Pan-STARRS C2011 L4 comet was discovered on 6 June 2011 in Hawaii using the telescope called "Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System." It scans the sky in search of objects that could approach the Earth, as asteroids and comets and that could pose a threat to Earth. Such efforts are an example of steps in the Space Situational Awareness domain. The comet will pass close to the Sun, at a distance of 160 million kilometers from Earth. but there is no danger to crash to Earth.