P.E.I. sky watchers spot elusive comet

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P.E.I. amateur astronomers Clair Perry and Brian Gorveatt have captured a photographic image of the elusive Comet Panstarrs.

Perry says the comet’s brightness has diminished in the past two to three weeks and it has now become a binoncular and photo target in the constellation Andromeda, low in the horizon, eight to 10 degrees high, in the northwest. 

The comet’s tail has diminished in brightness and detail because of its distance from earth and the glare of the full moon which, at the time of the above photo, had still not risen but would effect the overall brightness. The photo was taken Friday night, March 29, under a clear sky.

Perry and Gorveatt are members of the Charlottetown Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.




Organizations: Charlottetown Centre, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

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  • Keith
    April 02, 2013 - 14:29

    Before anyone thinks that this is some type of significant accomplishment, consider that Comet Panstarrs has been naked eye visibility for two months and observable from Charlottetown since early March. In fact the comet was photographed from Stratford early last week using a simple camera and tripod. Using terms like "elusive" and "captured" give the impression that this is a special feat when the comet is relatively easy to find and see. Comet Panstarrs is in fact one of three comets of 2013, two of which are expected to reach naked -eye brightness. Look for Comet Ison in the fall. Kudos to Messieurs Perry and Gorveatt for the image.

  • Cindy
    April 01, 2013 - 18:05

    I wish it would have landed on Ghiz's house.