Published on Feb 4, 2019
A fast-moving comet, C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto), is nearing its February encounter with the sun and Earth. The celestial visitor will safely pass by Earth on February 12, 2019 at some 28 million miles (45 million km). The comet was discovered by Japanese astronomer Masayuki Iwamoto in late 2018. It is traveling through space at the amazing speed of 147,948 miles per hour (238,099 km/h) or 66 km per second, relative to Earth. The newly found comet might reach a brightness or magnitude between 7 and 7.8 , which means it should be easily seen with small telescopes and binoculars. It will not be visible to the eye alone. earthsky.org article by Eddie Irizarry Read more here: https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essent...