Comet Lulin Update

cometComet Lulin is approaching Earth and brightening rapidly. Observers say it is now visible to the naked eye as a faint gassy patch in the constellation Virgo before dawn. Even city dwellers have seen it. Backyard telescopes reveal a vivid green comet in obvious motion. Just last week, amateur astronomers watched as a solar wind gust tore away part of the comet’s tail, the second time this month such a thing has happened. Lulin’s closest approach to Earth is tomorrow, Feb. 24th. Browse the gallery here for the latest images.

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