If you miss the comet Panstarrs in the next few nights between 7 and 7:45 p.m. just above the western horizon, you’ll have to wait a bit for another chance.
Let’s say, 110,000 years.
Fortunately, it’s not yet too late – although the enigmatic ball of ice is fading fast as it pulls away from Earth at vast speeds, according to astronomer Padraig Houlahan, assistant administrator at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.
Several Roundup readers sent in images of the comet taken on Tuesday off Highway 260 where they had a clear view all the way to the horizon directly to the west. The comet will remain visible to the naked eye for the next few nights, although astronomers recommend taking along binoculars to get a good view.
See Friday's (March 15) paper for the rest of the story.