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Comet Pan-STARRS and the Moon: Spectacular Stargazer Photos

Moon and Comet Pan-STARRS Over Las Vegas

Tyler Leavitt (opens in new tab)

Astrophotographer Tyler Leavitt sent in a photo of the crescent moon and Comet Pan-STARRS over Las Vegas. Image submitted March 13, 2013. [Full Story: Comet Pan-STARRS and the Moon Wow Stargazers]

Comet Pan-STARRS

Dale P. Cruikshank

Dr. Dale P. Cruikshank of NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., took this photo of Comet Pan-STARRS on March 12, 2013. [Full Story: Comet Pan-STARRS and the Moon Wow Stargazers]

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. [Full Story: Comet Pan-STARRS and the Moon Wow Stargazers]

Comet PanStarrs Near Moon

Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona

Comet Pan-STARRS and the moon shine in this image from the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter taken by Adam Block. Image submitted March 12, 2013. [Full Story: Comet Pan-STARRS and the Moon Wow Stargazers]

Comet Pan-STARRS Zoomed

Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona

Comet Pan-STARRS glows in this image from the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter taken by Adam Block. Image submitted March 12, 2013. [Full Story: Comet Pan-STARRS and the Moon Wow Stargazers]

Comet Pan-STARRS and the Moon over Arizona

Sean Parker / www.facebook.com/SeanParkerPhotography

Astrophotographer Sean Parker took this three-photo panorama from just outside Tucson, Ariz., on March 13, 2013. "You can see the crescent moon at the top, 3 bright stars from Pisces underneath it, and Comet PANSTARRS near the crooked cactus. This is also a frame from a time-lapse," Parker wrote on his Facebook page.

Moon, Comet Pan-STARRS and Church in Rio Rancho, NM

Josh Knutson

Astrophotographer Josh Knutson sent in a photo of the crescent moon and Comet Pan-STARRS setting, with a church in the foreground. Photo taken northwest of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Image submitted March 12, 2013. [Full Story: Comet Pan-STARRS and the Moon Wow Stargazers]

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. [Full Story: Comet Pan-STARRS and the Moon Wow Stargazers]

Moon 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. A church stands in the foreground of this picture. Image submitted March 12, 2013. [Full Story: Comet Pan-STARRS and the Moon Wow Stargazers]

Comet Pan-STARRS and the Moon Over the Hill Country of Texas

James Zeman

Astrophotographer James Zeman sent in a photo of Comet Pan-STARRS and the moon in the Hill Country of Texas near Dripping Springs. He writes: "The comet was barely visible with the naked eye, and there was considerable haze on the horizon." Image submitted March 13, 2013. [Full Story: Comet Pan-STARRS and the Moon Wow Stargazers]

Comet Pan-STARRS Explained (Infographic)

Karl Tate, Space.com Infographics Artist

A fresh visitor from the icy Oort Cloud at the edge of the solar system, Comet Pan-STARRS brightens Earth's sky in March, 2013. [Full Story: Comet Pan-STARRS and the Moon Wow Stargazers]

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