APRIL FOOLS COMET IS NO APRIL FOOLS JOKE

posted by Mark Robertson - 

No jokes and no kidding. An April Fools’ comet is scheduled to fly by our planet tomorrow (Saturday). Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is now known by the nickname “April Fools’ Day Comet.” Comet 41p makes its way around the sun every 5½ years, but this visit marks its closest point to us for over a century. It will pass at a distance of just under 14 million miles. That’s plenty far away for us not to worry about it, but close enough for some potentially fun telescope observations. NASA notes the comet should be visible with binoculars through June. The comet can appear to have a greenish tint.

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