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No joke: April Fool’s Day comet will make closest pass to Earth on record

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< div data-page= "1" data-page-hidden=" 0 "data-use-autolinker=" false "> April Fool’s Day will be complete of tricks and practical jokes, and one (very genuine) comet.

< a href =" http://www.cbsnews.com/news/theres-a-green-comet-in-the-night-sky-this-st-patricks-day/ "target=" _ blank" > Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak, now nicknamed the” April Fool’s Day Comet,” circles around the sun every 5.5 years, and it remains in our vicinity this spring. The iconic comet’s next sighting will be extra special.Expected to

be taking a trip only about 13.2 million miles away– about 50 times the moon’s distance– from Earth, the comet will pass closer to us than at any return because its discovery nearly 160 years earlier, according to < a href="

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/see-april-fools-comet-41ptuttle-giacombini-kresak-2017″ target=” _ blank “> EarthSky.org. Comet 41P belongs to the “Jupiter comets,” a group of comets that have actually been captured by the gravity of Jupiter, requiring them in an orbit that takes them in between the sun and the gas giant.The comet’s perihelion point– the point in the orbit where it’s closest to its orbital focus (the sun)– lies just outdoors Earth’s orbit, reports < a href=" http://www.space.com/36260-april-fools-comet-passing-by.html" target=" _ blank" > Space.com.” This year, the perihelion passage occurs April 12, when the comet will be 97.1 million miles from the sun,” Space.com explained. “But since the orbit of the comet almost parallels the orbit of Earth at this point, there will be a six-day period– from March 29 through April 3– when Tuttle-Giacobini-Kres├ík will be really close to its closest point to Earth.”

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< img src =" http://biweeklybuzz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/screen-shot-2017-03-31-at-6-05-17-pm.png" alt= "screen-shot-2017-03-31-at-6-05-17-pm. png "> A take a look at Comet 41P above the spiral galaxy Messier 108.

Gianluca Masi (Virtual Telescope Task)/ Michael Schwartz (Tenagra Observatories).

The comet, which lies in the far-northern sky, appears to have a light green tint, that made it a particularly popular destination on < a href=" http://www.cbsnews.com/news/theres-a-green-comet-in-the-night-sky-this-st-patricks-day/" target=" _ blank" > St. Patrick’s Day. It likewise implies that stargazers will have a much better chance of finding the bright space ball.

” This comet is well-known for major outbursts that make it extremely variable in brightness,” < a href=" https://echo.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroids/41P_TGK/41P_planning.2017.html" target=" _ blank "> NASA notes.So if you remain in the northern hemisphere with dark, clear skies, you may be able get a glorious peek at the comet around 9 p.m. ET, but have a telescope or a set of binoculars handy.Those in the Southern Hemisphere won’t be as fortunate. Stargazers can likewise enjoy the action with astronomy site< a href= " http://main.slooh.com/event/april-fools-day-comet/" target=" _ blank" > Slooh’s live stream, which will track the comet with its< a href=" https://live.slooh.com/stadium/live/comet-41p-close-approach" target=" _ blank" > telescopes in the Canary Islands.

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