Recently discovered comet, which fly close to Earth in 2013

Newfound comet discovered by telescope designed to hunt for dangerous asteroids will make its closest pass by Earth in 2013, and should be visible to the naked eye, as it approaches, the astronomers say. Hawaiiv s Pan-STARRS 1 telescope, discovered a comet called C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS), on the night of June 5 and 6, and this discovery was confirmed by follow-up observations with other instruments a day later. Comets probably come within about 30 million miles (50 million kilometers) from the sun in February or March of 2013, about the same distance as the planet Mercury, the researchers say. During its closest approach to Earth in two years, the comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS), which can be seen low in the western sky shortly after sunset, weather permitting. Skywatchers interested in newfound icy wanderer should look for something that they may never get another chance to see it. "Comet has an orbit that is close to parabolic, which means that it may be the first time it will always be closer to the sun, and that it may never come back," said University of Hawaii Richard Wainscoat in a statement. Wainscoat helped confirm the existence of a comet. Right now, S/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) is about 700 million miles (1.2 billion kilometers) from the sun, placing it beyond the orbit of Jupiter. This is now so weak that only telescopes with sensitive electronic detectors can pick it up. Comets clumsy moniker-bit unusual. Comets are usually named. their discoverers, but in this case such a large group of researchers has helped place icy wanderer, he took the name of the telescope in place. Pan-STARRS 1, the comet while scanning the sky for potentially hazardous asteroids that may someday hit Earth. Comets, however, does not pose any threat to our planet, researchers said. —Space.com

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