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Heads Up!! Strange Green Comet Will Reach Its Maximum Brightness On This Saturday... Heads Up

An extraordinary and strange green comet will reach its maximum brightness on this Saturday, presenting a sweet treat for star watchers.  Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova (named after the stargazer who exposed it in 1948) rides into the innermost part of the solar system every 5.25 years. On Saturday, 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova will energetically pass just 7.4 million miles from Earth, on cosmic measures this distance is trivial.






Everyone can see this comet with binoculars or a minor telescope, comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova can be seen in the pre-dawn skies between Thursday and Sunday, this week. Comet 45P will be running through the constellation Hercules above in the eastern sky. Comet 45P will look like a fuzzy bluish-green ball with a fan shaped tail. Its exceptional color comes from disappearing diatomic carbon, a gas which sparks green in the close-vacuum of space.

Comet 45P's approaching will pass the eighth closest comet since current locating technologies started around in 1950.


“Closeness makes the comet bright regardless of its small size. Analysts say 45P could be seen by naked eye… when it appears in the pre-dawn sky later this week”.

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