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Why is Comet K2 so hard to see given its huge size?

As a huge comet makes its closest approach to Earth on Wednesday (July 13), you might be curious why it’s so hard to spot.

Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS), called K2 for short, is one of the farthest active comets ever spotted. First seen far out in the solar system in 2017, the comet will continue to brighten (assuming it survives) in the back half of the year as it reaches its closest approach to the sun on Dec. 19. But it likely won’t reach naked eye brightness.

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