A Christmas comet will be gracing our skies on December 16
The space will celebrate Christmas a little earlier this year with a "Christmas Comet". And no, that does not mean Comet the Reindeer will pay us an early visit.
The comet, which is officially called the 46P / Wirtanen, will adorn our skies on the night of December 16, the dawn of December 17, in the AEDT time zone.
Why is this comet such a special event? Well, in addition to its appearance so close to Christmas, it will also be the tenth encounter with the nearest comet in 70 years. But do not worry, it will not fall apart … probably. They are 11.5 million kilometers away.
According to ABC, "the comet, including its diffuse halo of light, is about the size of the full moon."
"You should be able to see through binoculars or using a standard DSLR camera if you are away from the city's bright lights." But even the best news, you can see it from anywhere in Australia.
No word yet if it's really Santa Claus flying through the sky. Or possibly even the same "star" that the three wise men followed to reach Jerusalem for the birth of Jesus. Okay, okay, it's definitely just a comet.
Now, with a Christmas-based comet, what other space-themed holiday events could be in the future? An Easter Eclipse? A Cyber Monday meteor shower? A Black Hole of the Queen's Birthday?
See this space … Or just watch the space.