Blazing Comet to Illuminate Sky on New Year's Eve: How to See It | NBC Chicago
Chi-Town Rising New Year's Eve Event in Chicago

Chi-Town Rising New Year's Eve Event in Chicago

Chicago's epic New Year’s Eve celebration to be held along the Chicago River

Blazing Comet to Illuminate Sky on New Year's Eve: How to See It

Point your telescope or binoculars to the west shortly after sunset Saturday; the comet should be to the left of the moon

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    Byron Miranda has the full New Year's weekend forecast for the Chicago area. (Published Friday, Dec. 30, 2016)

    What to Know

    • Point your telescope or binoculars to the west shortly after sunset Saturday; the comet should be to the left of the moon

    • Comet 45P will swing back around the sun in February, offering an even brighter view

    • NASA says 2017 should be a good year for comet viewing

    The iconic 12,000-pound Chi-Town Rising star won't be the only thing lighting up the sky on New Year's Eve -- according to NASA, a comet might be visible as revelers ring in 2017. 

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which manages many of the agency's exploratory robotic missions, tweeted an image of the comet's previous tilt across the solar system from October 2011 with the message, "Say farewell to 2016 in cosmic style by looking up to see the #NewYearsEve #comet on December 31." 

    Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova returns to the inner solar system every half decade or so, NASA said. 

    The comet is visible now using a telescope or heavy duty binoculars, according to USA Today. On Saturday, anyone who wants a glimpse should angle their devices to the west shortly after sunset; the comet, a bluish-green body with a long tail, should be to the left of the moon, the website reported. 

    Comet 45P will swing back around the sun in February, offering an even brighter view. 

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