Comet to Make Appearance in South Florida Skies

There's been a lot of talk about space rocks falling on top of us ever since a meteor tore through the Russian stratosphere and broke a lot of shit a few weeks ago.

And now comes word that some space debris will be flying dangerously, perilously close to us down here in South Florida!

And by "space debris," we mean dirt. And by "dangerously, perilously," we mean we're in no danger whatsoever.

Still, it'll be a cool thing to behold with the naked eye.

Comet Pan-STARRS, which is basically just a clump of icy space dirt, will be streaking across South Florida's western horizon, barring weather.

The best time to see the comet will be around 75 minutes after sunset on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

The comet was discovered in June 2011 by Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System in Hawaii, or "STARRS."

And before you scoff at Pan-STARRS as just space dirt, you astro-hipster, keep in mind that this is a rare sighting around our neck of the woods.

According to people who know about stars and space, the comet won't be making another appearance for another 100,000 years. So this is your only chance to see it!

About a half hour after sunset on Tuesday, you will be able to see Pan-STARRS to the upper left of the moon (which will be a crescent moon if our moon app is any indication). Then on Wednesday, it will be seen just below the moon.

You'll be able to spot it with the naked eye, but, as it is with comets that pass by only every 100 thousand years, a telescope would work best.

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