C/2014 Q1 (PanSTARRS)

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Christopher K.
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C/2014 Q1 (PanSTARRS)

Post by Christopher K. » July 13th, 2015, 4:47 pm

Sadly this comet will not be able to make a good showing in Baton Rouge, though it's shining at about magnitude 5.4 right now. The arc of its orbit is simply too low, so that by the time night rolls around C/2014 Q1 is already below the horizon.

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Re: C/2014 Q1 (PanSTARRS)

Post by Christopher K. » July 21st, 2015, 3:53 pm

Once again the Southern Hemisphere is in the "catbird seat" when it comes to nice shots of visitors from the outer Solar System. Yuri Beletsky, who periodically and perhaps consistently gives viewers a good image, caught PanSTARRS Saturday.

For anyone who needs proof it is a Southern Hemisphere picture, note the orientation of the Moon!

Yesterday's APOD:
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150720.html

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Re: C/2014 Q1 (PanSTARRS)

Post by Christopher K. » July 30th, 2015, 5:40 pm

Kevin Parker in Queensland got a good set of exposures on 17 July which makes the two tails of PanSTARRS look like almost a right triangle. At the time of the image PanSTARRS was near K-class Pi Cancri.
21 July APOD:
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150721.html

This almost-right-angle design is confirmed in the following day's APOD from Auckland...
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150723.html

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Re: C/2014 Q1 (PanSTARRS)

Post by mary » July 31st, 2015, 5:21 pm

The Southern Hemi pic of comet by Yuri B is amazing. Never remember seeing pic of moon upside down. Didn't know that happened in S Hemi. COOL!

Mary V

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Re: C/2014 Q1 (PanSTARRS)

Post by Christopher K. » August 4th, 2015, 7:38 pm

Oh, yes. Yuri Beletsky has a few APOD dates to his name. The Moon is weird that way...Orion stands on his head in the Southern Hemisphere as well.

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