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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published March 12 2013

Weather Talk: Comet should be visible tonight if sky cooperates

If the sky cooperates, it will be possible these next few nights to see the comet PanSTARRS very low in the southwestern sky shortly after sunset. Tonight if you look at the thin crescent moon about 30 to 45 minutes after sunset and then hold out your fist at arm’s length, the comet will be about one fist below the moon. This is pretty close to the horizon, so you will need an unobstructed view to the southwest.

This comet is not very bright, so you will need a clear sky. Binoculars will help. It will look like a faint fuzzy star with a short tail. This comet has been visible throughout the Southern Hemisphere over the past few weeks and is only becoming visible to us this week. Although unspectacular, it is nonetheless a comet and is worth a look if you have any interest.

Another comet, ISON, will visit our part of the solar system in November and could be much brighter, depending on its interaction with the sun.

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