Comet C/2017 K2 (PanSTARRS) has entered the inner circle of the solar system after crossing Mars and is approaching Earth, informs NASA. As per NASA, its appearance is on schedule as it just entered the inner solar system. The comet is larger than the asteroids that wrought carnage on Earth previously. The comet will visit Earth soon.
On June 30th, 2022, NASA posted a photo of Comet K2 and remarked, “On its maiden voyage to the inner Solar System from the dim and distant Oort cloud, this comet PanSTARRS was initially spotted over five years ago, in May 2017.”
Elaborating its observation, NASA disclosed the comet’s details and the date when it was nearest to the Earth. It also informed that Hubble Space Telescope observations revealed that the comet had a large nucleus about 18 kilometers in diameter.
Currently, it is anticipated that the comet will make a safe passage. However, scientists are also careful about changes in the trajectory. The astronomy enthusiasts can watch this comet fly past Earth on July 14th. Amateur telescopes can help offer the sight of the comet; it will not be visible to the naked eye.