CT & NY Skywatchers Will Be Treated to New Year’s Eve Comet
Astronomy buffs will want to keep their eyes on the sky come New Year's Eve.
Accuweather is reporting that comet Honda-Mrkos-Pajduáková, better known as 45P, will be visible in the night sky near the crescent moon.
As of right now, Accuweather says the comet appears low in the western horizon, near the constellation Capricornus.
Comet 45P will then enter its closest point to the sun. However, if you miss out seeing Comet 45P the first time, you won't have long to wait to see it again. It will appear again near Earth at its brightest on February 11, 2017.
Comet 45P is what is known as a short term comet. It orbits the sun every 5.25 years. It last passed close to Earth in the summer of 2011.
This particular comet is known for it's "bluish-green head and a fan shaped tail" and can be seen with a simple pair of binoculars.