As seen from mid-northern latitudes, Comet Panstarrs might become visible with an optical aid around March 7 or 8, 2013. However, the comet will sit in the glow of dusk and will set around 40 to 45 minutes after sunset. By March 12, the comet will be considerably higher in the sky and will set around 75 minutes after sun. What’s more, the comet will be next to the waxing crescent moon on the North American evening of March 12. (So we may see it then also.)
HERE is a gallery of comet pictures showing how the comet PanSTARRS is becoming more visible in the northern hemisphere. In time the pictures will show more recent comet events.
As March progresses the comet will move away from the sun and fade from view. It will move up and to the left in the diagram below.
At last one TDFC member has the patience and knowledge to photograph the elusive comet:
10th March 2013, looking for the comet above Ardgay; this is what we saw at about 18:47:
Great evening – 10/03/2013. I went out to the Dornoch Bridge to get a reasonably clear western horizon. The comet should have been just in the notch above the wide creek at the left of this pic but I could see nothing. The haze layer just above the horizon was quite thick. I tried from 1855 to 1915. If it’s clear tomorrow I’ll try a little earlier (c1815) but it may just be too low for our latitude. -David-