Tonight's the Night to Shoot Comet Lulin

The comet Lulin is do for an Earth flyby, and tonight will be the best moment for viewing it, as it will be only 38 million miles from Earth. It will be visible to the naked eye at about 2 degrees south-southwest of Saturn in the night sky. If you have binoculars or a wonderful telephoto lens, you should get a great view, provided you live in a place where the night sky gets nice and dark and the sky is clear. Astro-photographers: Get ready to shoot!

The comet Lulin is do for an Earth flyby, and tonight will be the best moment for viewing it, as it will be only 38 million miles from Earth. It will be visible to the naked eye at about  2 degrees south-southwest of Saturn in the night sky. If you have binoculars or a wonderful telephoto lens, you should get a great view, provided you live in a place where the night sky gets nice and dark and the sky is clear. Astro-photographers: Get ready to shoot! The comet will zoom back into the far reaches of the solar system by mid-March.(The photo above shows the comet on January 23, as photographed by NASA's Swift Gamma-Ray Explorer satellite.)--David Schonauer

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