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The brightest comet of 2021 flies closest to Earth in just a few days: When to see it in Central Texas

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A newly discovered comet could brighten your nights for some of the longest nights of the year. Comet Leonard was only discovered in January 2021 beyond Mars, but now the orbit will reach its closest point to Earth later this month.

NASA describes a comet as “frozen leftovers from the formation of the solar system include dust, rocks, and rocks. They range from a few miles to tens of miles across, but as they orbit the Sun closer, they heat up and spew gas and dust into a glowing head that can be larger than a planet. This material forms a tail that extends millions of miles.”

Comet Leonard will pass by Earth and then Venus this month before orbiting the sun early next year.

You’ll most likely need binoculars or a telescope to see Leonard’s Comet, but some estimates suggest it could become bright enough to be seen with the naked eye and not require additional assistance.

Based on EarthSky.org, Comet Leonard will likely be the brightest comet of 2021 with the best view of the coming December 12 in the evening sky.

This year will be your only chance to see Comet Leonard as it takes tens of thousands of years to orbit the sun.

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DUSTIN JONES

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