Are cometsthought to predict forbodiing disasters?
If so, watch
out. July ~ 14th, a comet with a nucleus twice as large as Mount Everst is tall is sun-bound at its closest
Approach to earth, with it reaching solar perigee in December ~ 19th.
Comets become “active”, develop a coma and a tail, when it is close to the sun, but C/2017 K2 (PanSTARRS) is singular in that it already has a large coma that has sublimated enough to be seen from earth. With a telescope.
At 18 km, about 11 miles, K2 is the second large observed comet ( compared to megaComet C/2014 UN271
(Bernardinelli-Bernstein) which is an astronomical 129 km, or ~ 80 miles, wide ) both inbound towards the sun from the Oort Cloud.
So. If we are still around in 2031, comet Bern-Bern should be making its approach to solar perigee then.
In the meantime, drink lots of Beah, & be Hoppy.
Comets are always fun spectacles. I remember Hale-Bopp. I was lucky enough to have a couple friends with large telescopes at the time (you're welcome, Posts Taken out of Context thread), that gave me plenty of access to watch it live