While observers report that the comet is brightening again, it is not brightening as much as hoped. Charles Morris of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory notes that Hyakutake's rate of brightening is decreasing, prompting him to predict that the comet will only reach magnitude 0.5 at perihelion, not the -1 predicted earlier.
Besides brilliant Venus in the evening sky, fleeting Mercury is also in the area, having its best evening apparition of 1996. You'll find the innermost planet in the west-northwest just after sunset, a few degrees below the Pleiades. Don't delay, though -- Mercury sets just as twilight ends.
Hyakutake is getting very low in the northwest just around the end of twilight. Holding your fist at arm's length, look for it three fist-widths to the lower right of bright Venus as twilight darkens. (The planet Mercury appears about one fist-width to the comet's left early this week, and one fist to its upper left late in the week.) Use binoculars to watch the comet brighten daily as it descends toward the horizon.
After perihelion it will move south into view from the Southern Hemisphere only.
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