Last week I had a surprising vision: despite 20 years researching in astronomy, the sky view surprised me. It was the comet PanSTARRS, visible with naked eye in dark places, or even with a little help from a town.

 

The comet PanSTARRS from the Spanish German observatory at Calar Alto, Almería. Several astronomical objects can be seen. The comet is visible close to the horizon (C/2011 L4). The difuse  light ("luz zodiacal") is a product of the dispersed dust in the Solar System and clearly show that Calar Alto is an excellent site to carry out astronomical observations (credit Gilles Bergond)

The comet PanSTARRS from the Spanish German observatory at Calar Alto, Almería. Several astronomical objects can be seen. The comet is visible close to the horizon (C/2011 L4). The difuse light («luz zodiacal») is a product of the dispersed dust in the Solar System and clearly show that Calar Alto is an excellent site to carry out astronomical observations (credit Gilles Bergond)

Sometimes the scientists are buried with paper work or deep analysis of «cold» data, and we lose the perspective. In those moments I look up. The beautiful ski has the answer: the quest for truth and the answers by Nature are enough.