-2° ~ +4°C, strong NE.
It was 12 years since Hale-Bopp and Halley’s was hidden by cloud.
Rushed home to get out to a good viewpoint tonight. Comet Pann-starr is grazing the sun today and should show a decent tail for the next few days. Awkwardly, it is very low on the horizon just after sunset. That means there is short time between pale twilight sky and and the object setting.
I knew where to look, I had binoculars, but there was still a problem.
A narrow bank of cloud lay over Cannock Chase. I knew where it was, and there were a few gaps in the cloud but not where I wanted one.
- Comet Pan-STARRS Invades Northern Skies (news.discovery.com)
- Seeing Comet PanSTARRS is tricky for skywatchers, but it’s easy online (cosmiclog.nbcnews.com)
- Year of the Comets: 2013 May See Brightest Comet Show in Years (space.com)