Blazing Comet Pan-STARRS and the Moon | Space Wallpaper

Blazing Comet Pan-STARRS and the Moon Space Wallpaper
On Tuesday March 12, the comet known officially as comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS), stood almost directly above the western horizon, less than 5 degrees to the left of a very narrow crescent moon as seen in this space wallpaper. (Image credit: Dale P. Cruikshank)

On Tuesday March 12, the comet known officially as comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS), stood almost directly above the western horizon, less than 5 degrees to the left of a very narrow crescent moon as seen in this space wallpaper.

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