Guess what should be visible tonight? Comet Pan-STARRS. Experts say the comet should be about as bright as the stars of the Big Dipper.
Come twilight (the time of day, NOT the movie/book!), look to the western sunset sky. It passes closest to the earth tonight (March 5) and on March 10, it’s closest to the sun–optimal viewing according to spaceweather.com.
The astrology folks say the best dates to view the comet may be March 12 and 13 when it emerges from behind the sun, not far from the crescent moon. I would think that makes it easier to locate, with the moon for a reference point!
When The Only was small, we made a point of sharing things like this with her. We drove for miles to get away from city light contamination to see the Northern Lights when they were visible at this latitude/longitude. We’ve laid on a blanket on the ground watching the Perseid meteor shower. We curled up in lawn chairs to watch the space shuttle transverse the sky from horizon to horizon.
When I step outside tonight to watch for the comet, I’ll miss her. I hope she’ll step out of her own house to watch, and when she and Baseball Boy have their own little ones, they’ll take moments like this to share the wonder.
This geek moment was brought to you by the letters N, A, S, and A. What about y’all? Will you be comet watching?