(Discovery) It’s been a long time coming, but Comet Pan-STARRS will be visible in the northern hemisphere just after twilight beginning Thursday (March 7).
Discovered in June 2011 by the University of Hawaii’s Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System, or Pan-STARRS, the comet has been dazzling sky-watchers in the southern hemisphere for weeks. It joins Comet Lemmon, also currently on display in the southern hemisphere.
Starting Thursday evening, it’s the northern hemisphere’s turn. To find the comet, look west just after sunset. It may be a little hard to see because of twilight and moonlight. Sky-watchers also will need an unobstructed, cloud-free view of the western horizon.