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Comet Pan-STARRS of 2013: Photos and Sky Maps for Stargazers

Comet Pan-STARRS Telescope Photo (Labeled)

Science@NASA

A labeled look at comet Pan-STARRS, which may become visible to the naked eye in March 2013.

Comet Pan-STARRS Over Salem, Missouri

Joe Shuster/Lake County Astronomical Society

Astrophotographer Joe Shuster sent in a photo of Comet Pan-STARRS taken March 11, 2013, in Salem, MO.

Comet Pan-STARRS Over Jadwin, Missouri

Victor C. Rogus

Astrophotographer Victor C. Rogus sent in a photo of Comet Pan-STARRS taken March 11, 2013, in Jadwin, MO.

Comet Pan-STARRS Photo by Lipscomb

Peter Lipscomb

Astrophotographer Peter Lipscomb sent in a photo of Comet Pan-STARRS. Date and location unspecified.

Comet Pan-STARRS Over the Indian Ocean

Paul Storey

Astrophotographer Paul Storey sent in this photo of Comet Pan-STARRS setting over the Indian Ocean at Point Peron, West Australia. Image taken March 3, 2013.

Comet Pan-STARRS Over Texas

Douglas Lowry, DSLjr.@T.S.O.S., theshapesofsound@yahoo.com.

Astrophotographer Douglas Lowry sent in this photo of Comet Pan-STARRS taken on March 11, 2013, in Texas.

Moon, Airplane and Comet Pan-STARRS Over Rio Rancho, NM

Josh Knutson

Astrophotographer Josh Knutson sent in a photo of the crescent new moon and Comet Pan-STARRS taken northwest of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Image submitted March 12, 2013.

Crescent Moon With Aurora (Child) in New Mexico

Josh Knutson

Astrophotographer Josh Knutson sent in a photo of his daughter, Aurora, pointing in silhouette at the crescent new moon, taken northwest of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, as they were out looking for Comet Pan-STARRS. The light at upper right appears to be the viewfinder of a camera on a tripod. Image submitted March 12, 2013.

Moon and Comet Pan-STARRS Over Las Vegas

Tyler Leavitt

Astrophotographer Tyler Leavitt sent in a photo of the crescent moon and Comet Pan-STARRS over Las Vegas. Image submitted March 13, 2013.

Comet Pan-STARRS Over Albuquerque, NM

Charles Medendorp

Astrophotographer Charles Medendorp sent in a photo of Comet Pan-STARRS and the crescent moon taken from the base of the Sandia mountains overlooking Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 12, 2013.

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