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It's not Santa's sleigh glowing in the sky: it's the 'Christmas comet'


WASHINGTON (CIRCA VIA WSBT) — Comet 46P/Wirtanen has been affectionately nicknamed the "Christmas Comet" due to its close proximity to Earth just a few days from the holiday.

The 46P/Wirtanen campaign from the University of Maryland explains why the comet is so historic. It will be at its closest proximity Sunday, Dec. 16. It will make history as the 10th closest comet in modern times. Don't worry though, by "close," they mean it will still be 7.1 millions away. There's no chance it will come close to hitting our planet.

It's predicted to be visible to the naked eye from Sunday night to Monday morning. WSBT reports that the best way to see it will be to look to the east of the constallation Orion.

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