Making spirits bright tonight is a green comet dubbed the “Christmas comet” and it might be seen without a telescope or binoculars as a green streak making its closest approach to Earth, according to space.com. Comet 46P/Wirtanen will come within 7 million miles of the planet, and won’t be this close for another 20 years.
The comet, one of three that astronomer Carl Wirtanen discovered in 1948, will be visible through late December but it will be its brightest on Sunday. The ball of ice and rock may be found by U.S. residents near the constellation Taurus in the southeastern sky.
See the full report at space.com.