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Comet Pan-Starrs Visible This Week

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The newly transformed Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science. (Photo by Michael Malyszko, 2010)

The newly transformed Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science. (Photo by Michael Malyszko, 2010)

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BOSTON (CBS) – If you look closely over the next few nights, you may just catch a glimpse of the Comet Pan-Starrs.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Doug Cope reports

The Comet Pan Starrs is a newcomer to our galaxy. It’s a ball of space ice from Oort Cloud, and although you probably won’t see it Tuesday night because of the forecast rain, if you look in the southwest sky Wednesday or Friday night at dusk near the crescent moon, you just might spot it.

“Hopefully you’ll see a wispy tail,” comet watcher Ben Weiss told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.”Every night for the next few weeks you’ll be able to see it. It will begin to fade dramatically in April.”

Comet Pan-Starrs is the first of two comets that will be able to be seen by the naked eye this year.

If you miss Pan-Starrs, Daryl Davis at the Museum of Science’s Hayden Planetarium says you could see Comet Ison this fall.

“This is going to be one of the brightest comets anyone has ever seen,” Davis said. “It may be as bright as the full moon.”

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