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(Popular Mechanics)   "Popular Mechanics" magazine needs to subscribe to "Popular Proofreading" - article claims Comet C/2017 K2 is 172 MILES from Earth and Getting CLOSER   (popularmechanics.com) divider line
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2022-06-30 4:45:17 PM  
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"The Comet C/2017 K2 was discovered in 2017, and at the time was the farthest comet from Earth."

Gonna need more qualifiers to make that statement true
 
2022-06-30 5:30:15 PM  
2 votes:
172 million miles.

Anim: "The Comet C/2017 K2 was discovered in 2017, and at the time was the farthest comet from Earth."

Gonna need more qualifiers to make that statement true


https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/large-comet-c-2017-k2-panstarrs-summer-2022/

Astronomers spotted this behemoth comet, about 100 times the size of a normal comet, when it was more than 2.7 billion miles (4.4 billion km) from the sun.

Although it appears to be a large comet, it will probably remain a telescope object because it will pass some 168 million miles (270 million km) from Earth. It should brighten to magnitude 8 or even 7, still too dim for the unaided eye. But you can easily spot an object of this magnitude in a small telescope. The darker the skies, the better the contrast will be.
 
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