Massive 1.2-Kilometer-Wide Comet Visible in the Night Sky

Comet 46P/Wirtanen will make its closest approach to the sun on December 13, and will zip closest to Earth on December 16.

A massive comet dubbed 46P/Wirtanen will be making its closest pass near our planet on December 16, but you can already see its massive greenish-glow in the night sky.

So, sky-gazers prepare your telescopes as you will have an excellent opportunity to observe the comet as it zips through the night sky.

The comet is visible with the naked eye. Here’s a great article on where to look for the comet in the sky.

The comet will make its closest approach to our planet on December 16, but it is currently brightest in the sky as the comet is making its closest approach to the sun.

The bright-green Comet 46P/Wirtanen is visible to the naked eye. Image Credit: Astrohotographer Gerald Rhemann.
The bright-green Comet 46P/Wirtanen is visible to the naked eye. Image Credit: Astrophotographer Gerald Rhemann.

The 1.2-kilometer-long comet is around three times as big as New York’s Empire State Building.

There’s no need to worry, as the comet will not be impacting our planet.

46P/Wirtanen should have a distinctive Greenish/blue color, followed by a small, thin tail.

The comet will continue to be visible in the night sky the following days, so make sure you take a few minutes in the next few days and try to view the comet for yourself.

This stunning GIF shows another view of Comet 46P/Wirtanen. Image Credit: Gerald Rhemann.
This stunning GIF shows another view of Comet 46P/Wirtanen. Image Credit: Gerald Rhemann.

Here’s another stunning image of the comet.

Astrophotographer Chris Schur captured this 60-minute exposure of the incoming Comet 46P/Wirtanen on Dec. 3, 2018. Image Credit: Chris Schur.
Astrophotographer Chris Schur captured this 60-minute exposure of the incoming Comet 46P/Wirtanen on Dec. 3, 2018. Image Credit: Chris Schur.

Another beautiful image of the comet as it zips past the Earth.

This image of Comet 46P/Wirtanen was snapped by astrophotographer John Hattenbach from La Palma, Spain. Image Credit: John Hattenbach.
This image of Comet 46P/Wirtanen was snapped by astrophotographer John Hattenbach from La Palma, Spain. Image Credit: John Hattenbach.

Look at that view.

Alan Dyer from Southern Alberta photographed Comet 6P/Wirtanen (lower right) on Dec. 10, 2018. Image Credit: Alan Dyer
Alan Dyer from Southern Alberta photographed Comet 6P/Wirtanen (lower right) on Dec. 10, 2018. Image Credit: Alan Dyer
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