Look up, Springfield: Giant comet closest to Earth tonight
Tonight, the brightest comet currently visible in the night sky will be 3 million years away from Earth at its closest point
individuals in Southwest Missouri will be able to see it without special equipment.
The comet is known as Comet C/2017 K2 (abbreviated K2) and is currently entering the solar system for the first time.
K2, which has a diameter of roughly 12 miles, will be seen with a good pair of binoculars or a small telescope..
if the sky is clear since it is travelling along a route that will bring it 170 million miles near to Earth
Despite the rather unimpressive perspective, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that may be of interest to those with their minds set on the stars.
In southwest Missouri, at night, the comet will pass directly overhead, according to Morrison.
However, because the moon is currently just past a full moon, it will be fairly bright in the night sky once the moon has risen, making it more difficult to detect the comet later in the night.
About 9:57 p.m. tonight, the moon will rise. The Ophiuchus constellation, which will be in the southern sky for Missouri tonight, is a good place to search for K2.
Even though the comet will be at its closest tonight, it should still be visible with a modest telescope through the month of August
If they are unable to see it tonight, they can try again when the moon is less full.
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