Incoming Comet To Buzz Earth In Historic Close Flyby

Incoming Comet To Buzz Earth In Historic Close Flyby
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A comet will zoom past Earth Tuesday morning (March 22) in a close encounter of historic proportions. Comet P/2016 BA14, which you can see in this video of the object and its orbit, will come within 2.2 million miles (3.5 million kilometers) of the planet at about 10:30 a.m. EDT (1430 GMT) Tuesday. Only two other comets have come closer to Earth throughout recorded history — Comet D/1770 L1 (Lexell) in 1770 and C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock) in 1983, NASA officials said. Comet Lexell’s flyby brought it within 1.4 million miles, or 2.2 million km, of Earth back in 1770. (For perspective, the moon orbits our planet at an average distance of 238,850 miles, or 384,400 km. Asteroids commonly cruise …

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