April Fools’ Day Comet to make closest pass to Earth on record

April Fools’ Day Comet to make closest pass to Earth on record

While people around the world are using April Fools’ Day to play pranks and practical jokes, astronomers are curiously waiting for a comet that will make its closest pass to Earth on record.

Nicknamed as “April Fools’ Day Comet,” the Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak revolves around the Sun every 5.5 years. This spring, it is in our vicinity.

Astronomers have estimated that it will be traveling just 13.2 million miles away from us, around fifty times the distance between Earth and the Moon. It will be its closest approach to use since its discovery more than 160 years ago.

This year, the so-called perihelion passage will take place on 12th of April, when the Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak will be nearly 97.1 million miles from the Sun.

Space.com said in statement, “But because the orbit of the comet nearly parallels the orbit of Earth at this point, there will be a six-day period — from March 29 through April 3 — when Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák will be very near to its closest point to Earth.”

The popular comet will appear in the far-northern sky, with a light green tint, on St. Patrick’s Day. Astronomers have predicted that stargazers will likely have a better chance of spotting this glowing space ball.


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