“Close Encounters with Comets: The Spectacular Passage of IRAS-Araki-Alcock”

2023-05-27 00:01:52

This month forty years ago, a celestial spectacle stopped—literally thunderous applause.

A brand new comet has grabbed headlines for days around the world because of its exceptionally close proximity to Earth: a distance of less than 3 million miles (4.8 million kilometers), or about 12 times the distance from Earth to the Moon.

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