Reminder: Catch A Glimpse of Comet Pan-STARRS Starting Tonight
Although it looks as though the weather isn’t going to cooperate, Comet Pan-STARRS should become visible tonight shortly after sunset. Hopefully Magic Valley residents won’t miss this amazing astronomical event.
Discovered in 2011, Comet Pan-STARRS was discovered by the Pan-STARRS telescope in Hawaii. It made its closest approach to the Earth last Wednesday, March 5th, at 100 million miles, but it will be the closest to the sun on Sunday making it clearly visible to the naked eye.
Weather permitting, Comet Pan-STARRS will rise in the western sky about a half an hour after sunset starting tonight (Mar. 7), but it will be at its peak magnitude on Sunday (Mar. 10).
Astronomers believe that the comet could be visible into mid March, but note that Pan-STARRS’ tail may appear “stubby,” and to some viewing with unaided eyes it could look like it has no tail at all. It may simply appear as a bright star on the horizon.
If you managed to snap any great photos of Comet Pan-STARRS please share them with us! We would love to see them!