Comet Pan-STARRS (C/2011 L4) was discovered in 2011 by the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System a 1.8-m telescope in Hawaii that is used to watch for objects that might pose a danger to Earth. In early March, the comet will pass about 90 million miles from Earth, briefly dipping inside the orbit of Mercury.
Because it will go close to the Sun it could be quite active, but could still be difficult to see, because when at its best it will appear very close to the Sun, only observable in twilight.
6. Postponed: The IAA Public Astronomy Event at Glenarm Castle scheduled for 18 March has been postponed until later in the year.
7. ARMAGH OBSERVATORY AND PLANETARIUM AND THE SCHOOL OF COSMIC PHYSICS, DUBLIN INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES (DIAS) Lindsay Postgraduate Research Studentship:
Applications are invited for the Lindsay Scholarship jointly funded by Armagh Observatory and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, to carry out research leading to a PhD in Astrophysics. This fixed-term postgraduate studentship position is available for suitably qualified candidates for three years starting September/October2013. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree or the equivalent in an appropriate discipline (e.g. Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy or
Astrophysics). The student will be based in Armagh Observatory but is expected to register in Trinity College Dublin and may have close research links with DIAS. Further information and the application pack are available at http://www.dias.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4043&Itemid=61&lang=en