Published March 14, 2013
With the Pan-STARRS comet visible to the naked eye this week, professional and amateur photographers set out to capture the celestial show across the country.
The elusive comet will be prominent in the sky again tonight above few parts of the United States, before disappearing for another 100 million years.
The photos below were shared on the AccuWeather.com Astonomy Facebook Page.
The photo below is courtesy of John Lanoue. "Pan-STARRS from Bedford, N.H. Caught it right before it disappeared," Lanoue wrote.
The photo below was captured in Embudo, N.M., by Mike Lewinski.
"Comet Pan-STARRS just before it disappeared from my view. It never did reach naked eye visibility, though I could see it in the LCD display on my camera," he wrote.
From Laura Critz in San Marcos, Calif.:
Those that missed the comet's display, however, still had a nice view of the crescent moon, a sight more common than the comet but no less impressive. The photo below was taken by Patrick Comins:
The video below was shot in a time-lapse photo sequence over the Dos Cabezas Mountains in San Simon, Ariz., Monday evening by photographer Fred Espenak.
Comet PanSTARRS - The Movie from Fred Espenak on Vimeo.