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Fwd: [CAA] Pan Starrs and Andromeda (and photo from Russia) -from SpaceWeat...

From: Tim C.
Sent on: Monday, April 1, 2013 12:15 PM
 
 

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Subj: [CAA] Pan Starrs and Andromeda (and photo from Russia) -from SpaceWeather
 
COMET-GALAXY ENCOUNTER: Comet Pan-STARRS is heading for the Andromeda Galaxy (aka M31). On the nights of April 1st through 6th, the bright comet will pass so close to the pinwheel star system that they will be visible as a tight pair in the fields of view of wide-field telescopes and digital cameras. Amateur astronomer Pavel Smilyk of Syktyvkar, Russia, of the comet's approach on March 30th:

http://spaceweather.com/gallery/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=80140

"This picture is a guided 2-minute exposure consisting of 12 frames from my Canon 5D Mark2 digital camera," says Smilyk.

At closest approach on April 3-4, the comet's dusty fan-shaped tail should "touch" the galaxy's outermost spiral arms. In fact, no physical contact will occur; the comet is still in the solar system while Andromeda is 2.5 million light years away. Deep-exposure astrophotography will, however, reveal an apparent overlap.

Both the comet and the galaxy are visible to the unaided eye as faint fuzzy patches in the western sky after sunset. To find them, scan the sky with binoculars or set your GOTO telescope to "Andromeda."

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