See the April Fools' Comet in Slooh Webcast Tonight

Comet 41P
Astrophotographer Chris Schur captured this view of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák on March 23, 2017 using a 10-inch Orion Astrograph telescope. (Image credit: Chris Schur/

A bright-green comet will make its closest approach to Earth tonight (March 31 to April 1). Though some people are calling it the "April Fools' comet," this is no joke. You can watch the comet's close approach in a live web broadcast from Slooh's online observatory tonight.

Slooh astronomers will point their telescopes at Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák today (March 31) beginning at 8:30 p.m. EDT (0030 GMT on April 1). You can watch the webcast live on

The comet's closest approach will occur at 8:34 p.m. EDT (0034 GMT on April 1) and will bring it to a distance of 14 million miles (22 million kilometers) from Earth. With a small telescope or a good pair of binoculars, you can see it for yourself — or you can enjoy the view from Slooh's telescopes in the Canary Islands.

"Take a break from a day of pranks and jokes and enjoy a coverage of a comet that only travels around the sun every 5.5 years," Slooh representatives said in a statement. "This closest approach will be the closest encounter with Earth for over a century."

Editor's note: If you capture an amazing photo of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák through a telescope and you would like to share it with, send images and comments in to

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Hanneke Weitering
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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.