11 March 2013, Monday, 13:27

Pan-STARRS comet can be seen with the naked eye

author: Elvira Latypova

Within the next few days Pan-STARRS (C/2011 L4) comet will be accessible for observation with the naked eye. It will be possible to see its swallowtail through binoculars. As RBC informs referring to Associated Press, the best days for observing the comet will be on March 12 and 13.

On March 10, the comet makes its closest approach to the sun – 28 million kilometres.

The celestial body will fly through constellations of the Cetus, Pisces, Andromeda and Pegasus. On brightness it will be comparable only with ISON comet— the brightest comet of decade.

As Globalscience.ru webportal informs, these days the comet can be seen in the southern hemisphere of the Earth, on Thursday it will cross the equator and will appear in the northern sky.

The comet visits Solar system for the first time in the history of mankind. It won't be seen on Earth again until the year 100,000.