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Wednesday
Mar132013

Comet Pan-STARRS As Seen Over Southern Florida

Comet Pan-STARRS over Florida Everglades. March 2013

After several days dealing with high upper-level clouds and rain showers, the skies finally cleared some this evening allowing me the opportunity to get a view of the Comet Pan-STARRS over Lake Okeechobee in souther Florida.

When I first arrived I was a little concerned with a big canopy of high-level clouds streaming in from the Gulf of Mexico, but as the sunset the large area clouds shifted slightly south giving a clear open view of the western sky at dusk. At first it was hard to find the comet, but after about 10 minutes of scanning the sky the comet began to faintly shine through a very thin layer of cirrus clouds and contrails.

Comet Pan-Starrs and crescent moon.

I could barely see it with my naked eye, but looking through my telephoto lens it popped right out of the frame hanging in the sky below a beautiful crescent moon. I'm really happy I got the opportunity to see this beautiful comet after several days of clouds and poor sky conditions, and thankfully mother nature worked in my favor tonight.

Also see: Vivid Sun Halo over southern Florida on March 13, 2013.