Comet Pan-STARRS with thin crescent Moon taken from Lake Mary on March 12, 2013. Tripod mounted DSLR with a three minute exposure.

– Photo by Padraig Houlahan
© 2014 Padraig Houlahan

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Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS)

"C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) is a non-periodic comet discovered in June 2011 that became visible to the naked eye when it was near perihelion in March 2013. It was discovered using the Pan-STARRS telescope located near the summit of Haleakalā, on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Comet C/2011 L4 probably took millions of years to come from the Oort cloud. After leaving the planetary region of the Solar System, the post-perihelion orbital period (epoch 2050) is estimated to be roughly 106000 years. Dust and gas production suggests the comet nucleus is roughly 1 kilometer (0.62 mi) in diameter."

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