Comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs Buzzes by Earth

Mike Olason
Location of photo
Denver, Colorado
Date/Time of photo
2016/03/22 10:23 UT
11" SC Telescope and STF-8300M CCD Camera
These images show the comet 4 hours from closest approach to Earth. The comet was about to set over Denver Colorado and it makes closest approach during morning daylight in Denver. The Full Moon nearby, thin clouds and low altitude over Denver made the images look hazy. Thankfully, the snow blizzard waited one day until after this rare event. Unfortunately, the comet looked more like an asteroid than a comet.