A BRIGHT GREEN ‘CHRISTMAS COMET’ WILL FLY THE CLOSEST TO EARTH TONIGHT AND WON'T BE THIS CLOSE AGAIN FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS






Tonight, look up the night sky and you could possibly be fortunate to see a bright, foggy ball with an obvious greenish-gray shade. That greenish-gray shade object is a comet that orbits between the Sun and Jupiter will make its closest way to Earth in hundreds of years. What's more, this all will happen right on the heels of the current year's most delightful meteor shower of 2018.



Tony Farnham, is an exploration researcher in the astronomy department at the University of Maryland. He showed up on Saturday morning after a long night watching the comet at the Discovery Channel Telescope. Discovery Channel Telescope is situated around 40 miles southeast of Flagstaff, Ariz. Tony Farnham said "The fluffiness is just because it’s a ball of gas fundamentally," "You have a one-kilometer solid nucleus in the center, and gas is going out countless miles."




The Green Comet 46P seems green because of the gases it emits light. The ball of gas and dust, additionally called as the "Christmas comet," was nicknamed 46P/Wirtanen, after the astronomer Carl Wirtanen, who discovered it in 1948. It circles the sun once every 5.4 Earth years It goes by Earth roughly every 11 years, yet its distance change and it is seldom this close.




The closeness of 46P/Wirtanen allow astronomers to consider the tail of the comet and see more remote into the nucleus. This amazing article by Rao will enable you to get more data about where to look, contingent on when you can go outside for the show. Today around evening time it will be its nearest approach to the Earth in 20 years.  Furthermore, it won't be this nearby again for centuries or perhaps even in a thousand years.   
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