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Comet Pan-STARRS Is Closest to Sun Today: See It at Sunset

 
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Comet Pan-STARRS Is Closest to Sun Today: See It at Sunset
A comet sailing through the inner solar system make its closest approach to the sun and will be at its brightest at sunset tonight, but the glare of twilight may make it tricky to see, NASA says.

The Comet Pan-STARRS will be 28 million miles (45 million kilometers) from the surface of the sun when it swings around the star today, and should be bright enough to see without the aid of telescopes or binoculars, weather permitting. But the comet is also appearing low on the western horizon at sunset so some planning is needed to spot the celestial wanderer with the naked eye tonight.

"Look too early and the sky will be too bright," said Rachel Stevenson, a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "Look too late, the comet will be too low and obstructed by the horizon. This comet has a relatively small window."

A good time to look is about 40 minutes after sunset. The comet may appear as a sort of exclamation point in the evening sky, with the point being the comet itself and its diffuse tail stretching nearly straight up from the horizon, JPL officials added.


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Re: Comet Pan-STARRS Is Closest to Sun Today: See It at Sunset
Thanks OP

Tried last night, no luck, hoping for better results tonight!
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Re: Comet Pan-STARRS Is Closest to Sun Today: See It at Sunset
supposed to rain tonightverysad
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Re: Comet Pan-STARRS Is Closest to Sun Today: See It at Sunset
Thanks OP...clicked my pin button and 5 stars

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yea....rain here also...bummer.:(
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Re: Comet Pan-STARRS Is Closest to Sun Today: See It at Sunset
cant wait for the one in the fall!





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