PHOTO GALLERY: Cloudy skies spoil view of comet from MU observatory

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 | 11:02 p.m. CDT
Observers arrived Tuesday evening at MU's Laws Observatory to see the comet Pan-STARRS. However, the comet couldn't be seen due to heavy clouds in the western sky.

COLUMBIA — Many people, including children, arrived Tuesday evening at MU's Laws Observatory to see the comet Pan-STARRS. Due to heavy clouds on the western sky, they couldn’t see the comet clearly even through binoculars.

The recently discovered comet Pan-STARRS entered the Northern Hemisphere skies  Sunday and is expected to brighten even further as dust and gas is shed from its icy surface.

The comet was discovered and named by an asteroid survey program in Hawaii, which first spotted it in 2011 between Jupiter and Saturn.

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