(WOOD) – Monday night will be the best night for Michiganders to see Comet 46P / Wirtanen, otherwise known as Christmas comet.
It got the nickname because it passes the nearest vacation around the world, but it does not make the trip every year. This will be closest to the comet has been on earth in about 70 years.
Skies will finally be sufficiently clear to find the little object blowing in the distance. You need binoculars or a telescope to look good.
The comet was closest to our planet on December 16th, but experts say we can still see it for a week or so on dark nights with binoculars.
Those away from the city lights will have the best chance to see it as it shoots further away. Be sure to pay attention to when the moon sets so that there is even less light pollution. The moon sets at 2:30 to 3:00 on Tuesday and 4 o’clock on Wednesday. By thursday we should be laughing again here in western Michigan.
The comet will turn green, weak and fuzzy. Here is a shot of the Christmas corn from Mark Hansen from the beginning of December before it went closer to the earth:
The best way to find where to look is to find Orion’s belt, then expand your eyesight and to the left. The comet will be over the artists Taurus and Auriga in the coming days.
If you get pictures or videos of the comet, you can send it to [email protected] . Be sure to include your name and where the picture was taken.