5th Closest Comet Fly-By And Suspected Fragment - Orbit Animation + Timelapse Photos

On March 21st, 2015, Comet 252P/LINEAR will pass ~5.4 million km (3.35 million miles) from Earth, ranking 5th on the close flyby list, since such distances could be calculated. A suspected fragment of the comet, designated P/2016 BA14, will come even closer on March 22nd, when it flies by at 3 million km (1.86 million miles). Astrophotographer Gregg Ruppel photographed the cometary body over Animas, New Mexico on March 18th. (Full Story)

Comet Tails, Comas and Nuclei, Oh My - Space Wallpaper

credit : NASA/JPL-Caltech/Gregg Ruppel/mash mix: Space.com
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