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How And When To See The Pan-STARRS Comet In Armonk

The comet Pan-STARRS will be in view all month, but this week will be the best time to find it in the sky above Westchester.
The comet Pan-STARRS will be in view all month, but this week will be the best time to find it in the sky above Westchester. Photo Credit: Courtesy of NASA

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY – Look up at the sky over Westchester County in the next few days  and you might be able to see the Pan-STARRS Comet, for the first and last time in your life.

The comet is making its turn around the sun and will be visible through the end of the month, but experts at NASA say that one of the best times to view it will be this week, weather permitting.

Tonight, March 10, it will be relatively close to the Sun, only 28 million miles away, but on Tuesday, March 12, it should be the clearest.

In order to see the comet, make sure to be outside 15 - 60 minutes after sunset and look toward the moon and the horizon. On Tuesday, the comet should be most visible to the west of the moon.

While it may be visible to the naked eye, Space.com says you should use a telescope or binoculars to get a better view of this rare comet.

Pan-STARRS, officially C/2011 L4 , was first seen in 2011 by, and named after, the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System in Hawaii which is traditionally used to detect possible earth threatening bodies of rock.

The next time the comet will make an appearance in Earth’s skies will be in approximately 106,000 years experts say.

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