The green comet’s coming as close as it gets, so now’s the time to see it.
A big ball of ice and dust we call Comet Lulin is cruising out of the cosmos and cutting close to our sun, passing through our solar system about 38 million miles from Earth.
And with a new moon in the night sky, this is a good time to get a look at it.
If you don’t feel up to grabbing a telescope and staying up ‘til 1 a.m. Tuesday to see it yourself – it will appear in the constellation Leo close to the golden, ringed planet Saturn – you can go online to www.ccssc.org and check out Columbus’ Coca-Cola Space Science Center Webcast 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. tonight and Tuesday.
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According to Spaceweather.com, which also offers a live Webcast along with photos and sky maps, the comet to backyard astronomers initially should look like “a faint patch of gas” until brought into focus to show “a lovely green comet with a double tail.”