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Twin Comets Will Pass Earth This Week, With One Coming Closest In 246 Years

Two comets will brush by the Earth early this week, with one coming closer to our planet than any comet in 246 years.
Two comets will brush by the Earth early this week, with one coming closer to our planet than any comet in 246 years. Photo Credit: NASA

Two comets will brush by the Earth early this week, with one coming closer to our planet than any comet in 246 years.

The first comet, called Comet 252P/LINEAR and covered by emerald-green gas, will pass by the Earth on Monday at about 8:14 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

It will be followed a day later by a similarly colored comet, called Comet 2016 BA14, on Tuesday at about 10:30 a.m. EDT. It is expected to come within 2.2 million miles of Earth -- almost 10 times farther from the Earth than the moon -- making it the closest comet to brush by Earth since 1770. It may be visible under clear skies with binoculars, experts say.

For more, check this report from NASA.

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