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The Sunday Morning Chillax: Crescent Moon and Comet Pan-STARRS Race Across the Sky

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Comet Pan-Starrs Moonset
from Dan Finnerty on Vimeo.

If you didn't know it already, comet Pan-STARRS recently became visible to the naked eye if you're in the northern hemisphere and watching the western sky just after sunset. Dan Finnerty grabbed this absolutely beautiful timelapse of the comet as it seemingly races the crescent moon as she sets on the horizon. According to NASA, this truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, as the comet is on a 110,000-year path around the sun. We'll never see this one again. Many astronomers even had their doubts about Pan-Starrs getting bright enough to see, but fortunately they were wrong. And Finnerty happened to nail this magical sequence with a colorful sunset and a beautiful sliver of a moon going on at the same time. Watch just left of the middle of the frame around 0:29 and the comet will appear. You should still be able to see the comet through the end of March on clear evenings, too.

The Sunday Morning Chillax is here while you're enjoying a cup of coffee in the quiet morning as your kids, hopefully, sleep in. No need to read, this is always a video; something to give you happy thoughts about mountains, fresh air, stoke, fun, or being outside. Enjoy. Relax. And, um, not guaranteed to be weekly — hey, you get what you pay for, but it's a dang good bargain.


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