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Giant Comet Headed Towards Solar System, One of the Largest Ever Seen

04/10/2021 05:02 PM | Click to read full article

A gigantic comet, one of the largest ever seen, is heading toward the solar system. The comet, named Bernardinelli-Bernstein was discovered earlier this year and will reach its closest approach to the Sun in 10 years from now, around 2031. The comet poses no threat to the Earth. 

According to the latest estimates, the comet's length is about 62 miles across, which is 1,000 times bigger than a typical comet. Due to its enormous size, astronomers had mistaken the comet for a dwarf planet when it was discovered in June 2021.