Comet set to grace the New Year’s Eve 2017 sky

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The ball in Times Square (or the pickle if you’re in Mount Olive) won’t be the only thing lighting up the night sky New Year’s night. Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková is in the western sky after sunset, but it is tough to see with the naked eye.

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The comet is next to the moon, but too faint to see with the eye. Neptune is there, but you’ll need optical aid to see it, too.

 

If the clouds hold off enough, it should be a good sight with the help of some binoculars or even better, a telescope. You may notice several other bright objects in the western sky, Venus being the brightest and also Mars. While you have your binoculars or telescope, see if you can spot Neptune. It should be next to Mars.

 

 

– Meteorologist Pierce Legeion

Pierce Legeion is a meteorologist and digital journalist for WNCT 9 First Alert Weather.

Courtesy: EarthSky.org

 

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