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Comet surprise makes it visible to naked eye – CNN.com:

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime event to witness, along the lines of when Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 smashed into Jupiter back in 1994,” said [Paul] Lewis, [director of astronomy outreach at the University of Tennessee, who reached a bit too far with his hyperbole].

In other words, it would be really cool to look up and to the Northeast tonight if the sky is clear.

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