Astronomy,  Stargazing

Comet From the Depths of the Oort Cloud Will Be at Perihelion Tomorrow (December 19, 2022)

C/2017 K2 (PanSTARRS) Sky Path
Path of C/2017 K2 (PanSTARRS) in the sky. Yellow circles sizes inversely proportional to distance, 14 days of motion. Image by Tom Ruen. License: CC BY-SA 4.0.

Tomorrow, December 19, 2022, a visitor from nearly a light-year away will come closest to the Sun (perihelion) after several million years of travel through the Oort Cloud. This visitor is recently discovered comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS). It will not return again until another several million years, so it’s definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity to observe this comet. You will need a telescope to do so because it will have an estimated magnitude of around 8.0.

See more information and other astronomical events in our stargazing calendar for December 2022.

Paul Tomaszewski is the founder of CosmoBC.com and CosmoDez.com. He enjoys programming and writing on topics such as technology, business, astronomy, and many more. He also has a personal blog called PaulTomBlog.com.

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