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Watching the night sky

March 5, 2013 - Nikki Younk
Following the explosion of a meteor over Russia on Feb. 15, I think we’re all a bit more aware of astronomical events.

I’ve certainly been seeing more and more media coverage of asteroids, meteors, and comets, and that’s a good thing. Astronomy is a fascinating topic. All you need to do is look up at the night sky.

If you happen to look up at the sky on Thursday (March 7) night, you might be lucky enough to see the comet PANSTARRS. It’ll be just above the western horizon shortly after sunset.

PANSTARRS will appear higher in the sky next week (around March 12), and probably remain visible throughout the month.

Annual meteor showers will occur throughout the spring and summer, but the next big event will be the passing of comet ISON in November. Scientists say that this comet could get as bright as the full moon, but it’s too early to know for sure.

I’ll definitely be watching.



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