3/13/13: Comet Pan-STARRS time-lapse video

So folks, this is what I drove 600 miles for. For those of you around the country not lucky enough to have weather amenable to seeing this astronomical wonder, I hope you enjoy the following time-lapse video of the ‘little comet that could’.

Despite the crescent moon being more than 10 degrees above Comet Pan-STARRS (compared to last night), the air cleared quite nicely and gave us quite a treat. At 2008 hrs. last night, the comet emerged from a mid-level cloud, and descended to the horizon at 2027 hrs. in a fiery ball. Tonight the tail was even naked-eye visible, despite the decreasing brightness forecast of magnitude 2.1. Images were captured with a tripod-mounted Canon 5D MkIII, EF70-200/2.8L IS + EF 1.4x TCII; various exposures and ISOs.




PS: Here’s one image from 2015 hrs MDT last night, just for the fun of it:


Comet Pan-STARRS 3/13/13

Comet Pan-STARRS 3/13/13



  1. Amber March 14, 2013 at 10:37 #

    So awesome, wish we could have seen it here!

    • Jeff Warner March 15, 2013 at 00:29 #

      Amber, you still could if the weather cooperates in the next few days. Cross fingers!

  2. Mark Lindquist March 14, 2013 at 22:26 #

    Wow! GREAT work here Jeff – wonderful you were able to stick to it AND actually get it, and man oh man did you get it good!

    ALSO congrats on the NASA pickup!

    Good to see you’re doing so well – keep up the great work man –

    Warmest regards,

    Mark Lindquist

    • Jeff Warner March 15, 2013 at 00:30 #

      Hey Mark, great to hear from you! Thanks so much for checking in, and hope you’re well down there!

  3. gerry March 20, 2013 at 17:13 #

    wonderful pictures!
    fantastic time lapse
    thank you for sharing these!

  4. BA March 31, 2013 at 13:11 #

    Nicely done, Jeff.