Pan-STARRS Comet To Pass Shaving Close To Earth

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Recent models show that the comet will be visible to star gazers in the north probably next week on Tuesday as well as Wednesday. Astronomers say that the best view of the comet will be on March 12th and 13th when there will be a crescent moon. Its anticipated brightness will make it the brightest object towering the skies at that time.

Upon its first sighting, the comet will continue climbing it magnitude and its visibility will be greatly improved. Astronomers say that once it reaches perihelion (which is the closest approach to reach the sun) it is expected to shine at what is referred to as magnitude 0. The comet stands out because most other comets are usually bright initially and progressively weaken in brightness, after volatiles encase their nucleus causing them to evaporate off.

Officially the comet is known as c/2011 L4 and it was discovered in Hawaii by Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response Systems) in June 2011. The comet is said to have originated from a region known as the outer Oort Cloud, which is region within the solar system where most asteroids and comets are found. Comets comprising of ice, minerals and rocks are thought to be remnants of the solar system formation process which took place 4.5 billion years ago.

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