A comet is making a close approach to Earth on Sunday morning, and astronomers on the South Coast are keeping a close eye on it.
A comet is a collection of gas, dust and ice leftover from the formation of the solar system. And this particular comet called 46P/Wirtanen happens to be close to the sun and Earth – about seven million miles away.
Dr. Tim Lister with Goleta-based Las Cumbres Observatory is studying it using its global network of telescopes. He says it’s the 10th closest comet approach in the last 70 years.