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Comet visible- A once-in-a-lifetime event PDF Print
Monday, 05 November 2007 19:00
A comet visible since October 23 is attracting a lot of attention.
Before October 23, it was only visible with a telescope. On that date it unexpectedly brightened, becoming visible to the naked eye. Scientists say the comet is exploding and its coma, the cloud of gas and dust illuminated by the sun, has grown bigger than the planet Jupiter. The comet can be seen in the constellation Perseus as a fuzzy spot of light about as bright as the stars in the Big Dipper. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event, astronomers say. They aren’t sure how long the comet will be visible, but estimate it could be weeks. A telescope or binoculars help bring the comet’s details into focus.
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