We asked readers to submit their photos of the PanSTARRS comet that streaked across the Central Oregon sky. Richard Lighthill shot these photos Monday evening from the corner of U.S. Highway 97 and Sixth Street in La Pine. “It was cold,” he emailed, “but the clouds held back just long enough to capture it!”
According to Bill Logan, who writes our Sky Watch column and is an expert solar observer with the Pine Mountain Observatory east of Bend, we should be able to see PanSTARRS with binoculars until May 31, or possibly longer. You can look for it along the western horizon every night just after sunset. It will move higher in the northern sky in April and May, Logan said, and will be just east of Polaris on May 27.