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    Stargazers can Catch Once-in a-Lifetime Look at Comet Leonard

    People living in Canada can already see comet C/2021 A1 with binoculars, but by this weekend, it could be seen by the naked eye. Also known as Leonard, it gives us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a green comet. Experts in Astronomy, as well as the comet’s discoverer, provided tips on when and how to view this spectacle. 

    Just like any other comet, Leonard is a ball of frozen gas, rocks, and dust that partially vaporizes when coming close to the sun. To an observer, it starts to glow and sprout a tail of gas and dust. Our solar system sees many comets, however, very few come close enough to the sun or the Earth for us to see them.

    Experts are saying this week, it may be possible to witness Leonard even without binoculars. An operator at the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill, Ont., Chris Vaughn said “Brighter comets are rare, so it’s definitely worth making an effort to see them,” Currently the comet is visible in the Northern Hemisphere in the eastern sky to people using binoculars from anywhere in Canada, he said early morning. Every morning it is expected to get closer and brighter until Saturday, December 11.

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