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Long Awaited, Comet PanSTARRS Now Glows In The Twilight


(This is written for the north’s mid-northern latitudes, including U.S., Canada, Europe except north, China, Korea, Japan.)

Look west around the middle of twilight on a clear evening this week, and with a little luck — and maybe binoculars — you might spot a one-time-only visitor newly arrived from very deep space.

Skywatchers have been anticipating Comet PanSTARRS for almost two years. A few days ago it passed closest by the Earth and is now being lit most brilliantly by the Sun. In the past couple weeks it decorated the twilight sky for folks in the Southern Hemisphere. Now people in the world’s mid-northern latitudes have their turn.The comet should be at its best March 12–18, possibly just bright enough to spot with the unaided eye in clear twilight if you know exactly where to look.

Full Story: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/about/pressreleases/New-Comet-Becomes-Visible-in-Twilight-195960441.html

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