Rio Rancho Astronomical Society
Friday, Aug 21st: Monthly Meeting and Stargaze at Rainbow Park Observatory. Meeting starts at 8:00 PM. Stargaze to follow meeting, weather permitting. For more information, contact RRAS President, Melanie Templet or at 505-220-5355.
Comet PanSTARRS and a Crescent Moon
A comet has brightened quickly and unexpectedly. Discovered last year, Comet C/2014 Q1 (PanSTARRS) is expected to be visible now for a few days to the unaided eye, just after sunset, from some locations. The comet rounded the Sun on July 6 and apparently has shed quite a bit of gas and dust. Due to its proximity to the Sun, the comet and its tails may best be seen in the sunset din with binoculars or cameras using long-duration exposures.