Comet to Pass by Earth on New Year's Eve

Comet 45P comes around every five years
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2016 3:45 PM CST
Comet to Pass by Earth on New Year's Eve
Comet 45P will pass near the earth, relatively speaking, on New Year's Eve.   (NASA)

While the rest of us are ringing in the New Year with a chambong (that's a beer bong for champagne), the night sky will be welcoming 2017 with a comet. CBS News reports Comet 45P, aka Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková, will appear near the crescent moon on Saturday night. The comet, which appears every five years, will pass by the Earth at a distance of more than 7 million miles, which is actually fairly close, astronomically speaking, according to EarthSky. Amateur astronomers will need to use powerful binoculars or a telescope and look to the west just after sunset to catch a glimpse of 45P—though the comet can be difficult to spot even for professionals. (Read more comet stories.)

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