Comet Panstarrs Shows Up This Week!

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astro march11

Comet Panstarrs is on the way to our early evening western twilight sky around 7:40 to 8:00pm. This Wednesday and Thursday you can use the new crescent moon to locate it. All indications are that it should be visible to the naked eye, certainly with binoculars. It’s been a while since we’ve seen this bright of a comet! When and if you see it it’ll be near 100 million miles from Earth. The icy nucleus of the comet is only a few miles in diameter. But the coma cloud of dust surrounding it is around 75,000 miles in diameter. The tail of the comet will point to the upper left in the early evening twilight. Comet Panstarrs is on its way out of solar system never to be seen again but it’ll stay in our evening skies for about a week or so.

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