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by Andrew Griffin, @andrew_griffin , https://www.independent.co.uk/
Sight could be ‘really, really stunning’ within weeks
A newly discovered comet is heading closer to Earth and getting brighter, experts say. Within weeks the sight could be “really, really stunning”, according to scientists who are tracking it. The object – known as Comet Atlas – could soon be so bright that it is visible moving among the stars. It was only discovered at the very end of 2019 and is rapidly getting brighter as it comes towards the inner solar system.
Atlas will reach its closest point to Earth in May, by which point its greenish hue may be visible to the naked eye. “It’s definitely a promising comet,” Daniel Brown, from Nottingham Trent University, told The Times. “It’s pushing towards a level that by the end of April could look really, really stunning.” Much is still unknown about the object, and astronomers cannot be certain how bright it will be by the time it arrives. It is already getting brighter than initial calculations had suggested. Between February and March, it became around 4,000 times brighter.