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Megacomet K2 caught on camera cruising through celestial equator

Comet C/2017 K2 PANSTARRS was captured on June 18, 2022 in constellation Ophiuchus at magnitude 9.7. (Image credit: John Chumack/galacticimages.com)

A megacomet glows in the dark in this long-exposure image captured by an astrophotographer on June 18, before its closest approach to Earth.

Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS), called K2, will swing by our planet on Wednesday (July 13) nearly twice as far away from Earth as our planet is from the sun. But the comet, which may be much as 100 miles (160 kilometers) wide, is still spewing enough dust to show in the view of telescopes.

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