Photographers in the Southern Hamisphere have been snapping beautiful pictures of Comet Panstarrs – see examples at Earthsky.org. In a few days it’ll be our turn. If we’re lucky it might be visible to the unaided eye.
As seen from mid-northern latitudes, Comet Panstarrs might become visible with an optical aid around March 7 or 8. However, the comet will sit in the glow of dusk and will set around 40 to 45 minutes after sunset. By March 12, the comet will be considerably higher in the sky and will set around 75 minutes after sun. What’s more, the comet will be next to the waxing crescent moon on the North American evening of March 12.
The comet will pass closest to the sun on March 10, when it’s expected to be at its brightest.
[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the story.]