HomeSpace NewsGoodbye, Comet K2! Next stop is closest approach to the sun

Goodbye, Comet K2! Next stop is closest approach to the sun

A megacomet has just passed safely by Earth, but there’s still a chance it will grow brighter through the summer as it reaches its closest approach to the sun in December.

Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS), called K2 for short, made its closest approach to our planet on Thursday (July 14). It passed 168 million miles (270 million kilometers) from Earth (beyond the orbit of Mars).

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