Famous Comet Approaches Earth
One of the best-studied comets is 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. It was studied very closely in 2014 – literally --- as the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft landed on the comet. Rosetta's lander touched down on the comet's surface on November 12, 2014.
This comet is now currently approaching Earth, getting closer and brighter each day. Its closest approach will be November 11-12. How close will it get? Oh, a bit more than 38 million miles from Earth. This will be 67P's closest approach for the next 193 years, until the year 2214.
Comet 67P was discovered in 1969 and it takes nearly 6 ½ years for it to orbit the sun once. It has a diameter of roughly 2.5 miles. It also has a maximum velocity of around 84,000 miles per second.
Although the comet is getting closer and brighter, it won’t get bright enough to see with the naked eye in November, but it will be bright enough to see with a backyard telescope.
Hope for clear skies and warm November nights if you plan on taking a look at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko!
So, where do you look? Near the constellation Gemini. Tap HERE to get a better idea of where in the sky to look for this comet.
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