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Mark your calendar: On May 8th at approximately 0300 UT (11 pm EDT on May 7th), the biggest piece of dying comet 76P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 will pass very close to--and possibly right in front of--the Ring Nebula in Lyra. The view through backyard telescopes should be wonderful.

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Brad Timerson of the Rochester Astronomy Club in New York first noticed the encounter and brought it to our attention. "This should be an interesting event to watch," says Timerson. "Even if the orbital elements of the comet are off by a little, a very close approach is certain."

Source: http://www.spaceweather.com/

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