Fri. Apr 16th, 2021

The newfound comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) will make its closest strategy to Earth on Dec. 12, 2021. (Picture credit score: NASA/JPL)

A brand new comet is on its means in towards the solar, with prospects that it might turn out to be vivid sufficient to see with the unaided eye by yr’s finish. 

The article in query is Comet Leonard, catalogued C/2021 A1 and was found by astronomer Gregory J. Leonard on Jan. Three on the Mount Lemmon Observatory, also called the Mount Lemmon Infrared Observatory. The observatory is positioned on Mount Lemmon within the Santa Catalina Mountains, roughly 17 miles (28 kilometers) northeast of Tucson, Arizona. Mr. Leonard is a senior analysis specialist for the observatory’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory’s Catalina Sky Survey

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