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Comet Pan-Starrs is coming this week!

No fee is required, gather with your friends. All you need is clear skies and a nice view of the west.

Daylight saving is in effect after Sunday, March 10th when the comet makes its closest approach to the sun. Sunset should be somewhere around 7:30 and 30 minutes later puts this around 8 PM. Get out there because the comet will set after the sun. You should see it with no help ... binoculars will only make the view better.

On Tuesday, March 12th, use the fading and setting moon to find the comet (see diagram).

In Australia they have been watching the comet for weeks ... great photos. NOW it is our turn!

Cheers, John

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  • Lou J

    I finally got a look at it on March 14 while I was driving up to Ft. Worth. I pulled off the road outside of Waco about a 1/2 hour after sunset and scanned the western sky between the beautiful waxing crescent moon and the horizon using 7x35 binoculars (I was not able to see it without them). I observed it while it was about 30-40 degrees above the horizon with the tail pointing straight up like a fuzzy "V". Very cool. Tried to image it with my cheap digital camera but wasn't able to. By the time I got to Ft. Worth I tried to show it to my step-brother and nieces but I could no longer find it above the horizon. Keep you eyes to the skies, especially in late November, when Comet Ison will make what promises be a much more spectacular appearance.

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Much better view this evening at 8:17-8:28. I was able to see it with my naked eye, but it was truly spectacular with binoculars.

    March 14, 2013

  • Lou J

    Thanks, John. It was still worth looking for it as the thin crescent moon was beautiful on its own.

    March 14, 2013

  • John M.

    Reported now up to 0 magnitude and still not bright enough on its own to overcome the bright sky and haze near sunset. You must have a scope or binoculars or use a camera with at least a 1 second exposure. Not a naked-eye comet at it was down in Australia before we could see it up here. The sky will get darker and we have it in sight until around 3/18.

    Happy Pi Day!

    Cheers, John

    March 14, 2013

  • Lou J

    (pseudo-meetup) Haven't spotted it yet, but will keep trying over the next few days.

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I went out to the Katy prairie today from about 8:20-8:32. The comet was faint and i was only ablr to see it with binoculars.

    March 12, 2013

  • John M.

    I could not see it 30 minutes after sunset from the top of the football stadium. Friends picked it out of the haze about 45 minutes after sunset and used binocs to see the tail. I'm at the stadium again tonight so if I cannot see it this night, I'm going to get some binocs and get serious on Wednesday. But I really wanted to see it with my eyes only. Weather should be good again.

    March 12, 2013

  • Tom P.

    A sight for sore eyes.

    March 12, 2013

  • Johnny R.

    Anyone see it yet?

    March 11, 2013

  • John M.

    Save the graphic associated with this event ... and send it to your best friends. Remember that Tuesday and Wednesday might even be more spectacular ... but it is the Tuesday evening photos that I expect to see on FB and this site.

    March 11, 2013

  • John M.

    Monday is shaping up nicely folks. As of 1 PM today, the sky looks clear and wonderful. Sunset should be around 7:30 CDT and the best view likely around 8 BEFORE it gets completely dark. Good luck everybody. Cheers, John

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    do we need to be in any part of town in particular?

    March 10, 2013

    • John M.

      Don't even need to be in Texas. First, obtain a clear sky ... luck really, but today is clearing up nicely!

      March 11, 2013

    • John M.

      Then find a great view to the west ... consider something high up that is available to you. I'll be up on the football stadium tonight.

      March 11, 2013

  • Lou J

    Thanks for posting this. Been spreading the word by mouth. Happy viewing y'all.

    March 8, 2013

    • John M.

      I've spread the word to any that will listen.

      March 10, 2013

  • John M.

    Been checking the weather. Raining on Sunday and cloudy as you can see (no comet). Monday is 10 percent chance of rain and we may not get a good view. But here is the great news ... Tuesday and Wednesday are supposed to be clear!!!! Tuesday will be that shot of the comet right next to the very thin moon. Best day for viewing could easily be Tuesday here in Houston. I am working both Monday and Tuesday evening at the rodeo and will look for a good western view from the stadium. Wednesday I am off and will head into the country to find a good clear view if I have not been able to shake the comet fever on Tuesday. Anybody with a great viewing spot that others can join them ... this is a great place to post it.
    Cheers, John

    March 10, 2013

  • John M.

    Take a great photo if you get a chance and post it to this site.

    March 8, 2013

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