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This image, taken Jan. 21, 2009, shows Comet Lulin as a small fuzzball with a faint wisp of a tail, but it should achieve naked-eye visibility by the time it passes closest to Earth on Feb. 24.

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Jimmy Westlake: Here comes Comet Lulin

W hat might be the best naked-eye comet of the year is approaching the Earth and growing brighter every day. It's Comet Lulin, named for the Chinese observatory where it was discovered in 2007.


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