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By Shannon Schmoll
Michigan State University 

You may not even need a telescope to see Comet 46P/Wirtanen in the night sky this month


December 13, 2018

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(THE CONVERSATION) As comets blaze across the night sky, they can bring wonder and excitement to those watching from Earth – or even a sense of impending doom. In the past, people debated what comets even are – an atmospheric phenomenon, a fire in the sky, a star with a broom-like tail?

You’ll get a chance to see which visual description you think fits best this month: Comet 46P/Wirtanen is expected to make an appearance in mid-December that may well be visible even to the...

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