APRIL 1ST COMET FLYBY: No kidding. Green comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is flying over Earth’s North Pole this week where sky watchers can find it all night long not far from the bowl of the Big Dipper. At closest approach on April 1st it will be just 21 million km from Earth–an easy target for backyard telescopes and almost visible to the naked eye. Visit Spaceweather.com for more information and observing tips.
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Photo Credit: Yasushi Aoshima sends this picture of approaching Comet 41P from Fukushima, Japan. “I caught 41P ‘eating’ M108,” says Aoshima. “The comet’s green atmosphere appeared to swallow the distant spiral galaxy.” More photos may be found in the Realtime Comet Gallery.