The skies parted early Tuesday evening, and Comet PanSTARRS revealed itself above the western horizon for skywatchers in Washington, D.C.
While faint, PanSTARRS appeared as a milky speck with a trailing blurred tail. The orange glow of the twilight sky, the rising crescent moon, and the comet made for quite the photographic trifecta.
Finally, check out this time lapse sequence of PanSTARRS captured March 11 from San Simon, Arizona from NASA emeritus astronomer Fred Espenak
PanSTARRS is expected to become fainter over the next several weeks as it is lifts farther above the western horizon to the north, but should still be visible for the next few nights where skies are clear.
The comet is best seen in the hour after sunset in areas with an unobstructed view of the western horizon away from light pollution. Binoculars may required to see the comet, particularly in light-polluted areas.