How to photograph comet K2

Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS), or K2 for short, is currently soaring through the skies at speeds of around 615km/sec and it will make its closest approach to Earth on Thursday July 14. An exciting time for astronomers and stargazers, as this is one of the biggest comets we’ve seen in quite some time.

The Hubble Space Telescope observed that K2 is around 18 kilometers in size, (which, to put it into perspective, is twice the size of Mount Everest), with the tail being millions of miles long. K2 Was originally spotted back in 2017 when it was in between Uranus and Saturn (around 1.5 billion miles away from the Sun). Due to its large orbit, this is the only chance we will have to see it, as it won’t pass by Earth again for a few million years.

Will we be able to see comet K2?

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Unfortunately when it comes to comet spotting, there are no guarantees and there is a possibility you’ll see very little. But there are two main factors that will determine your chance of seeing comet K2 on July 14 – the weather conditions and your equipment. If it’s cloudy with low visibility, then unfortunately you’re probably out of luck this time. When it comes to equipment, it will likely only be a telescope object due to it being around 270 million km from Earth at its closest point.

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