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Comet Leonard, the brightest of the year, is fading and acting strange

Something strange is happening to this year’s most anticipated skywatcher comet.

Astronomers first discovered what was dubbed Comet Leonard in January 2021, and soon sky watchers were eagerly anticipating the months of December and January, when the comet was due to pass first Earth, and then the Sun. But by late November, observers noticed something strange. The comet It should get brighter as it gets closer to the sun – and it does, but apparently only because it gets closer to it Earth, not because she has become naturally brighter.

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