Comet Pan-STARRS is expected to be visible in the western sky just above the horizon.
Step outside just a little bit after sunset for the next week and you might get to see a comet with the naked eye. Comet Pan-STARRS is expected to be visible in the west just after sunset for up to an hour. Most experts expect it to become a naked-eye object about as bright as the stars of the Big Dipper, according to NASA.gov. On March 9 and 10, Astronomy Magazine's Richard Talcott says the comet will pass within 28 million miles of the Sun and will stand some 7° high in the west 30 minutes after sunset. Those are the brightest nights expected as well. Talcott says the crescent Moon can guide you to the comet March 12 and 13. On the 12th, PANSTARRS stands to the upper left of our satellite; the next evening, the comet lies to the Moon’s …
The comet was discovered by two amateur astronomers in September.
Wednesday, January 2
Forget the Hunter's Moon in 2013. Local skywatchers might get to see a spectacular Hunter's Comet—the newly discovered comet ISON. A NASA astronomer says ISON's fiery tail may be visible to those watching the night sky from October 2013 through January 2014. And the comet may hover into view without the help of a telescope. It all depends on whether the sun's heat vaporizes ices in the comet's body, scientists said in an article posted in the Huffington Post. Comet ISON will fly within 1.2 million miles from the sun's center on Nov. 28, 2013, astronomer Donald Yeomans, head of NASA's Near Earth Object Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif, told the San Jose Mercury News. If the comet makes it through the sun's heat …