Something to look out for tonight in Northern Europe?
Taken from http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/news/content.cfm?story=281771
Comet treat for stargazers
STARGAZERS will be dazzled tonight by the brightest comet in the sky over Manchester for several years. Ikeya Zhang and our nearest giant galaxy the Andromeda Nebula will both be visible for the next three days.
Andromeda is the most distant object in the universe visible to the naked eye from Earth. The comet will not return to Earth again for another 341 years.
Jodrell Bank astronomer Ian Morison said binoculars may be needed as both objects will be low in the sky.
"The comet is a member of our solar system and so close that its light has only taken a few minutes to reach us," he said. "Light from the Andromeda galaxy, on the other hand, has taken more than two million years to reach us."
The comet was discovered just two months ago by Japanese astronomer Karou Ikeya and Chinese astronomer Daqing Zhang.
It will pass within 38 million miles of the earth on April 30 and is believed to be the same one seen in 1661. The best time to see both objects is between 8.30pm and 9pm.
As the sun fades, amateur astronomers should find the planet Mars, then look to the north west, at 15 degrees above the horizon.
Two fuzzy objects will be visible in the sky - the upper one being the comet. The lower smudge of light is from the nucleus at the centre of the Andromeda galaxy