A giant comet twice the size of Mount Everest is heading for Earth

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Having entered our inner solar system, the much awaited comet C/2017 K2 (PanSTARRS) may soon be observed with a small telescope.

 Although a supermoon on July 13 may brighten the sky, making it more difficult to see

 you might want to look for it now while the skies are still dark. It's probably best to catch it on July 14, 2022, when it will be closest to Earth.

How big is the comet's nucleus?

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At this point, the exact size of the comet's nucleus is unknown to experts. The comet is thought to be between 11 and 100 miles (18 and 161 kilometres) broad

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according to NASA solar system ambassadors Eddie Irizarry and Kelly Kizer Whitt.

This implies that it might be merely large or rank among the largest comets to date, such as Hale-Bopp and Bernardinelli-Bernstein. Unfortunately, even at its closest

it will still be farther away from us than the normal distance between Earth and Mars, thus it won't be going close enough for us to find out this information.

Visible via telescope

C/2017 K2 will now approach Earth at a distance of about 168 million miles (270 million kilometres). 

 The celestial object won't become apparent to the naked eye as a result, but a good telescope should provide some absolutely stunning views

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