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A comet, larger than the dinosaur-killer asteroid, is approaching Earth, says NASA; Will it hit us?

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It’s not often when we get a visit from celestial bodies that are larger than a couple of kilometers. We have already seen the year’s largest asteroid, 1989 JA, flying past the Earth in May and it was just 1.8 kilometers wide.

Even going back millions of years, one of the largest recorded asteroids to come close to the planet (and in this instance, strike it as well) was the dinosaur-killing asteroid Chicxulub, which is estimated to be between 10-15 kilometers.

So, it was no surprise when NASA first found out that a comet which can be between 30 to 160 kilometers wide was approaching the Earth, the reaction was both of awe and shock.

So, when is this comet due for a flyby across our planet and what risk does it pose to us? Read on to find out.Spotted first in 2017, Comet C/2017 K2 (PanSTARRS) is coming all the way from the Oort cloud to visit the Earth and the Sun.

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