THE BORNEO POST – Stargazers are in for a treat when the C/2011 L4 Comet also known as Comet Panstarrs becomes visible low in the west after sunset on March 10.
According to a press statement from Sultan Iskandar Planetarium, the comet on March 10 will be at its perihelion or closest approach to the Sun at magnitude -1.0.
Because it stands about 15 degrees from the sun, gazers will have less than an hour to spot the comet which was discovered on June 7, 2011.
Today (March 5) the comet will be at its closest to earth.
From March 11 to 12, the comet will be accompanied by a crescent moon for several nights, which promises a beautiful view.
For the next two weeks, the comet will glow like an ordinary star and be visible to the naked eye before its brightness dims, becoming visible only through binoculars or a telescope.
For more information, call the planetarium at 082-251275.