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Comet should be visible after dusk

Friday, March 8, 2013by  Jon Osterberg

Northwest residents can see a recently discovered comet this week as it streaks through our solar system to within 28 million miles of the sun.
   Comet Pan-STARRS should be most visible Tuesday and Wednesday, when it appears in the western sky after sunset to the left of a thin crescent moon. The comet will appear higher in the sky on successive evenings, reaching its apex March 20.
   In November, a large, much-brighter comet will appear. Scientists suspect that Comet ISON could outshine 1997’s Comet Hale-Bopp and even be visible in daylight. Read the Spokesman-Review article.

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