A comet has been speeding toward Earth for 35,000 years and this month will be your one and only chance to see it before it leaves the Solar System forever
· Dec 7, 2021 · NottheBee.com

Earth is receiving an icy visitor this month and if you're a generous host then you'll go outside to greet it before it disappears forever:

There is a new comet in town, and December is your only chance to see it before disappears forever. Astronomers say that Comet Leonard is our best and brightest comet to see in 2021.

The comet was first discovered in January by astronomer Greg Leonard. The celestial object has likely spent the last 35,000 years traveling toward the sun, according to Sky & Telescope, and once it makes a close pass of our star on January 3, we won't be seeing the comet again.

As the comet nears the sun, it brightens, which is why the weeks leading up to this event make the comet easier to see.

It's also an ultrafast comet, blazing through the inner solar system at 158,084 miles per hour (71 kilometers per second), but it will still appear like a slow-moving object due to its distance from Earth, according to EarthSky.

Get out there and check it out! If you can't fit it into your schedule, though, here's a convenient time lapse video of part of its passage:

Okay well that's not quite the same I guess.

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