A photo taken by telescope of Comet 45P in 2011 when it had its last close encounter with the Earth. Overnight Friday, it will pass less than 8 million miles from the planet, as close as any comet has come in three decades, and should be visible through binoculars as a green smudge at the forearm of Hercules in the constellation overhead.
A photo taken by telescope of Comet 45P in 2011 when it had its last close encounter with the Earth. Overnight Friday, it will pass less than 8 million miles from the planet, as close as any comet has come in three decades, and should be visible through binoculars as a green smudge at the forearm of Hercules in the constellation overhead. NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
A photo taken by telescope of Comet 45P in 2011 when it had its last close encounter with the Earth. Overnight Friday, it will pass less than 8 million miles from the planet, as close as any comet has come in three decades, and should be visible through binoculars as a green smudge at the forearm of Hercules in the constellation overhead. NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory

After the rancor of the week, here’s a heavenly sight

February 10, 2017 09:33 AM