CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A recently discovered comet is closer than itís
ever been to Earth, and stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere finally get to
Called Pan-STARRS, the comet is passing within 100 million miles of Earth on
Tuesday, its closest approach. This ice ball will get even nearer the sun
this weekend - just 28 million miles from the sun. Thatís within the orbit
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 actually an acronym for the Hawaiian telescope used to spot it
two years ago.