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Comet Panstarrs

Comet Panstarrs Photo by Jerry Hilburn

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C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) is a non-periodic comet discovered in June 2011 that became visible to the naked eye when it was near perihelion in March 2013.

It was discovered using the Pan-STARRS telescope located near the summit of Haleakal?, on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Comet C/2011 L4 probably took millions of years to come from the Oort cloud.

This photo taken by Jerry Hilburn was snapped from a hill overlooking the ocean to the west of Poway on 12 March 2013.