Comet Panstarrs (C/2011 L4)

This comet was discovered by Richard Wainscoat (Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii) on four CCD images taken with the 1.8-m "Pan-STARRS 1" telescope at Haleakala taken on 6th June 2011. Panstarrs is short for the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System.

Its acting luke a typical comet, ie unpredictably. Its now early Febuary, and in the southern hemisphere it should be visible as a naked eye object; it is visible with small binoculars.

In the north, (location near Bristol) we should be able to see something low on the horizon after sunset around 8th March, and brighten with luck as it swings round the sun and crosses the ecliptic. For the rest of March, it will gradually move higher and become dimmer

Its not looking good so far, the comet is still dim in the southern nemisphere. Perhaps we need to wait till November for Comet Ison

Info from NASA

The orbit of Panstarrs is very different from Ison, coming into the solar system at a steep angle, and passing through the ecliptic between the 8th and 18th of March; either side of these dates, its more than 10 degree away from the ecliptic, so the astrological sign, in my opinion, become less relevant. I'd be really interested to hear from anyone with a planet in the first 10 degree of Aries to see if they get a woosh from Panstarrs!

March 8th 2013

This, and all the following images are generated using Starry Night Software, and show a possible view of the comet Panstarrs just after sunset, looking to the west. The comet has just swung past the sun, and maybe the tail will have grown and visible as a naked eye object.

Astrologically, 29 degree Pisces, 10 (S)

March 12th

Again, just after sunset around 7.00pm, the tail could be spectacular.. or not! The thin cescent new moon might just be visible

Astrologically 6 degree Aries, 3 (S)

March 14th

This is when I really want a good clear horizon, with the new moon just visible in the tail.

Astrologically 9 Degree Aries 1 (N)

March 18th

Just a few days later, the tail dims as the comet moves back out of the solar system

Astrologically 14 degree Aries 9 (N)

March 28th

The end of the month, and Panstarrs brief visit is over

Astrologicalyl 21 Aries 25 degree (N)