40 years ago, a comet came out of the blue in a surprise Earth flyby

Forty years ago this month, there came a show stopping celestial sight — literally a bolt out of the blue. 

A brand-new comet, that for several days made headlines around the World due to its exceptionally close passage near the Earth: A distance amounting to less than 3 million miles (4.8 million km), or about 12 times the distance of the Earth to the moon. 

Originally published at www.space.com

Recent Articles

Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here