Comet Pan-STARRS and Other Upcoming Viewings at the Astrophysical Observatory

We may be in for a celestial show. A comet and the Moon, together, framed by twilight-blue sky is a rare site.
 
Comet Pan-STARRS has brightened dramatically over the  past week, putting it back on track for a potentially spectacular night sky display this month. 
 
That would make it clearly visible to the naked eye. It will be closest to the Sun on Sunday, Mar. 10, but the best dates to look are from Tuesday, Mar. 12 to Thursday, Mar. 14. Pan-STARRS will emerges in the western sunset sky not far from the crescent Moon. It will appear in the western sky just after sunset, a faint but easy target for the naked eye and a wonderful sight through binoculars or a small telescope. The best views are for those who live near a dark sky.
 
The CSI observatory is now open to the community both day and night. The day sessions are dedicated to observing the Sun with special Solar telescopes. The Observatory Schedule and information about visiting are available online
 
If you examine the schedule, you will find that the wonderful planet Saturn will be an excellent object later in the term at our evening sessions. If you want to bring young folks, and this is their or your first time, I suggest that you come on a night when Moon and Saturn, which are both very interesting and dramatic to view in a telescope, are visible. Observing is weather-dependent. Please be sure to read all information provided about proper dress, etc. on our Website.
 
Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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