Comet day approaches

Self-appointed celestial collision expert Eric Julien has predicted a cometary catastrophe for May 25. Meanwhile, the alleged attacker, which made its closest approach Sunday, is passing by Earth a fairly safe 6 million miles away.

If you want to spy Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 and are an early riser, you can pick it out with a good pair of binoculars and a small telescope in the constellation Pegasus in the east around 4 am. Look above Venus, which will be a bright star-like object near the horizon. (Diagram courtesy of  www.spaceweather.com.)

map of comet

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