COMET UPDATE: 3/12/13 9:00pm
We saw the comet Pan-STARRS tonight right where it was supposed to be to the left of the moon and slightly lower. It was barley visible to the naked eye but came in pretty clear in my binoculars.
The above image was not taken by me, but it is an actual image of Pan-STARRS taken earlier this year. In the binoculars, it looked just like the picture above though I did not see all the background stars.
The first comet I ever saw was in the summer of 1956 or 1957 (I forget which). I do remember it was called Mrkos which I always thought was a funny name – sort of like Mr. Kos. I was only 7 or 8 then and I didn’t know much about foreign names. That comet was exceptionally bright and easily visible for many summer nights as us kids played outside. It is what first got me interested in astronomy. So seeing Pan-STARRS brought back memories.