In early March, Comet Pan-STARRS will pass about 100 million miles from Earth (about the same distance as between the Earth and the Sun). Most experts expect it to become visible to the naked-eye, about as bright as the stars of the Big Dipper.
You best chance will be looking toward the western horizon shortly after sunset on March 12th and 13th. You'll see a thin cresent moon next to the comet on the 12th.
Continue checking each evening through March 16th.
Want to find out why you shouldn't eat a comet?
Try your hand at Cooking Up a Comet.
(Comet-making with Amateur Observers' Society of NY)
Click here to find out the latest news from NASA on the comet.
To see the comet through a telescope, click here to locate your nearest astronomy club.
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Go StarGaze, the NASA Night Sky Network astronomy app, developed by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, helps you find astronomy clubs and their stargazing events on the go!
Distant Suns, your personal guide to the cosmos, lists Night Sky Network astronomy club star parties, safe solar gazing events, and lectures in the main navigation bar. Distant Suns is available on iPhone, iPad, Kindle, and NOOK.
SkySafari, a powerful planetarium that fits in your pocket, lists Night Sky Network astronomy club star parties, safe solar gazing events, and lectures in the help menu. SkySafari is available for Android and the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
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