Strange Green Comet Will Be Visible In Sky Thursday Through Sunday During Pre-Dawn Hours

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eighth closest passing in modern tracking times

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova (named after three astronomers who discovered it in 1948) travels into the inner solar system every 5.25 years. On Saturday, 45P will pass just 7.4 million miles from Earth, a stone’s throw by celestial yardsticks.

(SEEKER) – An unusual green comet reaches maximum brightness on Saturday, providing a sweet treat for early-morning risers.

Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova (named after three astronomers who discovered it in 1948) travels into the inner solar system every 5.25 years. On Saturday, 45P will pass just 7.4 million miles from Earth, a stone’s throw by celestial yardsticks.

With binoculars or a small telescope, comet-watchers should be able to spot 45P in the pre-dawn skies between Thursday and Sunday.

“The comet will be racing through the constellation Hercules high in the eastern sky,” notes SpaceWeather.com.

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The Minor Planet Center reports 45P’s upcoming pass as the eighth closest comet since modern tracking technologies began around 1950


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