(WXYZ) - The first of two bright comets this year will be appearing in the evening sky and will be visible with the naked eye.
The Comet Pan-STARRS will make its first appearance in the western sky about a half hour after sunset on Thursday, March 7th, though the best views may come later in the month.
The comet will be at its brightest on Sunday, March 10th when it makes its closest approach to the sun. As a comet approaches the sun, some of its ice vaporizes, creating a visible coma and brilliant tail, which can be up to one million miles long.
If you miss those opportunities don’t worry because weather permitting March 12th and 13th will also be prime viewing dates as the comets move higher up into the night sky and near the crescent moon. The comet may be as bright as the Big Dipper making it an easy find for both the experienced and amateur star gazer.
By the end of the month, the Comet Pan-STARRS will be passing low in the eastern sky just before sunrise and will be much fainter.
For the best view possible, you’ll need to move away from trees and buildings. If you can’t escape the city lights, try using binoculars for a better glimpse.
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