Comet Leonard, and its glorious sweep past M3

 

This perspective on Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) shows its trajectory through our solar system. North is up. You can see that its orbit will cause it to be initially visible from Earth's Northern Hemisphere, and then from the Southern Hemisphere. Chart via The Sky Live.

By Eddie Irizarry and Deborah Byrd.

A much-anticipated comet – C/2021 A1 (Leonard) – is likely to be 2021's best comet, and its brightest comet by year's end. The comet is currently heading sunward, toward its perihelion (closest point to th...



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