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It appears once in a lifetime. A comet larger than Everest could be visible to the naked eye

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It appears once in a lifetime.  A comet larger than Everest could be visible to the naked eye

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks PHOTO: Michael Jaeger

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks PHOTO: Michael JaegerPHOTO: Michael Jaeger

  • A comet larger than Mount Everest could be visible to the naked eye in the coming weeks.
  • It continues on its first visit to the inner solar system in more than 70 years.
  • The icy body is a Halley-type comet – meaning it appears once or maybe twice in a lifetime.

12P/Pons-Brooks, as the comet is called, completes its orbit once every 71.3 years and will make its closest approach to the Sun on April 21. While some reports suggest that 12P/Pons-Brooks was spotted as early as the 14th century, it is named after French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons, who discovered it in 1812, and British-American astronomer Will…

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