If you’re looking for an extra dose of fireworks this New Year’s Even, look to the skies for the chance to see a comet that only comes around every five years.
The comet — named Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková — is set to appear somewhere near the crescent moon on Dec. 31. It won’t be visible to the naked eye, however.
Interested skywatchers will need a set of binoculars or a small telescope to really be able to see the comet in clear skies.
While comets have historically been seen as bad omens, Comet 45P doesn’t pose a threat to Earth. The ball of ice and dust will still be millions of miles from the planet when it makes its close flyby this month. Read more…