When is the last time you saw a Comet with the Naked eye?...Coming on the 16th

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Brightest Comet Of 2018 To Light Up The Sky In December

Look to the eastern sky at dusk. All you need is your eyes.

On Dec. 13, Comet 46P/Wirtanen will make its closest approach to the sun, and it will be visible just after dusk, according to http://In-The-Sky.org. The periodic comet, which orbits the sun once every 5.4 years, was discovered in 1948. Its last close approach to Earth was in 2013, when it was 564 million miles (907 million kilometers) from Earth. While it was "not really an awe-inspiring sight" last time, this year Wirtanen will come much closer, Joe Rao, http://Space.com skywatching columnist and FiOS 1 News meteorologist, told http://Space.com. When it swings by again on Dec. 16, Comet 46P will be only 7.3 million miles (11.7 million km) away.

Comet 46P/Wirtanen is "one of these little diddly comets" and tends to be visible only with a good telescope or a good pair of binoculars, Rao said. But this year, "it's going to be so much brighter than it usually is," he added. "It will become as bright as third magnitude, which is about as bright as the faintest star in the Big Dipper. So, if you know where to look in the sky, it will be against the winter constellations of Taurus the bull, near the Pleiades and Hyades star clusters."
SOURCE URL: https://www.inquisitr.com/5064286/brightest-comet-of-2018-to-light-up-the-sky-in-december/


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  • Posted by  $  allosaur 5 months, 1 week ago
    Looking forward to it.
    Most of my 71 years went comet free until Hale-Bopp came along.
    Me dino loved looking at that thing in the night sky.
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