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dovf (811000) writes "NASA, via Space.com, reports that comet Pan-STARRS "makes its closest approach to the sun and will be at its brightest at sunset tonight, but the glare of twilight may make it tricky to see." The Bad Astronomer, who also reported on this a few days ago, has this warning to give: "I don’t want to discourage anyone from trying to find it; I’m just trying to be honest here...you really will need binoculars to see it"; but goes on to say that he himself, of course, "will be out every sunset looking for it."" Link to Original Source top
Huge Meteor Blazes Across Sky Over Russia; Sonic Boom Shatters Windows
dovf (811000) writes "The Bad Astronomer analyzes incoming reports about the aparent meteoric explosion over Russia: "Apparently, at about 09:30 local time, a very big meteor burned up over Chelyabinsk, a city in Russia just east of the Ural mountains, and about 1500 kilometers east of Moscow. The fireball was incredibly bright, rivaling the Sun! There was a pretty big sonic boom from the fireball, which set off car alarms and shattered windows. I’m seeing some reports of many people injured (by shattered glass blown out by the shock wave). I’m also seeing reports that some pieces have fallen to the ground, but again as I write this those are unconfirmed." This is the best summary I've found so far, and links to lots of videos and images. He also clarifies something I've been wondering about: "This is almost certainly unrelated to the asteroid 2012 DA14 that will pass on Friday. See below for details."" Link to Original Source