Comet Leonard will light up the sky this month — here’s how to see it

It is unusual to see a comet at its best: Most comets are brightest nearest the sun, just when they’re most difficult to spot against the sun’s glare or hidden below the horizon. 

Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) is, alas, no exception. But it should be visible in small telescopes and binoculars and quite possibly even dimly to the unaided eye in the Northern Hemisphere’s pre-dawn sky as it increases in brightness for at part of December, and later in the month perhaps even briefly in the evening sky, just after sunset.

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