Comet To Make Closest Approach Ever To Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (March, 5, 2013)--A recently discovered comet is closer than it's ever been to Earth, and stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere finally get to see it this week.

Called Pan-STARRS, the comet will pass within 100 million miles of Earth on Tuesday, its closest approach, and will get within 28 million miles of the sun this weekend, within the orbit of Mercury.

The comet has been visible for weeks from the Southern Hemisphere.

Now the top half of the world gets a glimpse as well.

The best viewing days should be next Tuesday and Wednesday, when Pan-STARRS appears next to a crescent moon at dusk in the western sky.

Its name is an acronym for the Hawaiian telescope used to spot it two years ago.


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