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Comet Pan-STARRS becomes naked eye visible in the northern hemisphere for the first time tonight

Catch a glimpse of Comet Pan-STARRS for the first time in the northern hemisphere tonight

By Charles Gantt on Mar 7, 2013 02:30 pm CST - 0 mins, 56 secs reading time

2013 is being called "the year of the comets" and tonight, those of us in the northern hemisphere, will get our first glimpse of the long anticipated first performer of the year. Comet Pan-STARRS will be visible in the horizon in the northern hemisphere tonight at sunset.

Comet Pan-STARRS becomes naked eye visible in the northern hemisphere for the first time tonight 1 |

Originating from the Oort cloud, Pan-STARRS is the first major comet of the year and has already been putting on quite a show for those living in the southern hemisphere. Visible for the next few days, the comet can be seen in the west at sunset just to the left of the sun.

Over the next few days, Pan-STARRS will appear to rise higher in the sky, with it aligning vertically with the moon on March 14th. I have included a few info-graphics in the gallery below to help you better find the passing visitor. If you manage to take a nice photo of Pan-STARRS, send them over to my email (charlesgantt at tweaktown dot com) with the title (Comet Pan-STARRS Images) and I will show them off in a later post right here on TweakTown!

Charles Gantt

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Charles Gantt

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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