Another PanSTARRS comet is plowing through Ursa Major at this time. There are somewhat discrepant magnitude reports. The Harvard listings' lastest reported estimate is from 27 April--that's no good. However, Starry Night software gives a brightness of 12.75, Skyhound states approximately 8.2, Seiichi Yoshida gives it as 8.8 and Heavens-Above lists 12.1 as of the fourteenth.
Yoshida says the comet may reach 6.5 by autumn.
Here's a listing of altitudes for tonight and tomorrow for the times PanSTARRS is highest in the Baton Rouge sky...
15 May, 9:30pm = alt 72˚ / az 0˚
16 May, 9:20pm = alt 72˚ / az 0˚
Unfortunately after tomorrow night PanSTARRS runs into twilight. We get it again in the dark early morning in September.
Celestial visitors from the edge of the Solar System.
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