Comet viewing over the Gower
The recent hype surrounding the PAN-STARRS Comet has got enthusiast, photographers, astronomers excited about the prospects of seeing a rare sight all over the globe. Since March 13th, the comet has become visible in the Norther Hemisphere but can only be observed just after sunset for a brief period of time low on the western horizon.
Many have been out searching, looking and hoping to get a glimpse of this rare comet which apparently only appeas every 110,000 years. Luckily a Swansea local has been able to observe the object from the Gower looking West over South Wales. Pictures can be seen on the Flickr Website
Even though it appears as a small object it was considered a rare sighting given the dependency on having a clear view looking west and good visibility.
Swansea Astronomical society have also shared some very good pictures on their website
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The comet is now getting fainter as it races away from the sun and so binoculars and/or telescope with good view looking out West low on the horizon is needed. It is difficult to find and there are good guides on the internet to help however later this year in 2013 we might be seeing the comet of the century, Comet ISON which may become brighter than the moon.