Time to See Comet Lovejoy Before It Leaves for 8,000 Years

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California sky watchers may be able to see two celestial bodies zooming past Earth in the next few days with just a pair of binoculars.

If they’re savvy.

Comet Lovejoy, which won’t be back for 8,000 years, is visible in the night sky, and on Monday an asteroid as wide as five football fields will make a near-Earth flyby.

The asteroid may be more challenging to spot, but “comet Lovejoy is easy,” says astronomer Edwin Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory. Still, he adds, it’s subtle. Its distinguishing characteristic is its fuzziness.

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