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03 April 2013
Comet PanSTARRS visible in Caithness skies

Comet C/2011 L4 PanSTARRS has been gracing our evening skies for a few weeks now and a number of CAG members have enjoyed clear skies and the opportunity to observe it. During early April the comet will pass nearby the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) forming a memorable pairing visible in the night sky using binoculars......

It is circumpolar during April (does not set below the horizon), but it is probably best viewed around 2 hours after sunset, when it can be found at a low altitude above the north western horizon.

A superb timelapse taken by CAG member Maciej Winiarczyk showing the comet above Ackergill Tower can be seen here:

Numerous locally taken photos of the comet can be found here on the Caithness Photos Facebook group.


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