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Comet Panstarrs and Crescent Moon

13 Mar 2013, 04:26 UTC
Comet Panstarrs and Crescent Moon
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My daughter Aurora and I set out tonight to view Panstarrs and the new Crescent. We walked out behind our house which is relatively remote, just northwest of Rio Rancho, NM, giving us dark skies and a wide open field of view.We set up the cameras just before sunset and waited. It was probably 20-25 minutes after sunset before we had our first glimpse of the new moon (which was only about 28 hours old in this cycle) and Panstarrs. The atmosphere was so stable and clear that we were easily able to see the tail prominently without visual aid. Here are a few images we captured tonight.

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