photos: Comet caught on camera from Burnham-On-Sea beach
Burnham-On-Sea photographer has this week taken these photos of
a comet in the skies above the town.
Stuart Anderson managed to capture comet 'C/2011 L4 PanSTARRS'
in almost clear skies above the Bristol Channel as it graced the
comet - which is a mere 93million miles away - is currently visible
at dusk and was snapped here on Monday evening at 7.50pm from
told Burnham-On-Sea.com it is an amazing sight to see.
is visible about an hour after sunset in the west. You need binoculars
to see it clearly - it looks like a white smudge in the sky, with
the trail pointing upwards away from the sun," he said. "My
photos look better because they're taken at a long exposure to
capture more light."
astronomer Greg Dye-Hodge Beardsley added that the comet should
continue to be visible in coming days, providing any cloud cover
doesn't obscure the view. "The comet is begining to
fade visually and by March 21st will be visible only with optical
aids. On April 4th the comet will be close to the Andromeda Galaxy
and should present a splendid viewing opportunity in a telescope
or in 10X50 binoculars." Further details are available on
Greg's website here.