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By Andrew Follett
The comet C/2015 V2 Johnson will fly close enough to Earth for amateurs to spot in the summer sky, according to Universe Today.
Amateur star gazers can currently see the comet with binoculars. The comet will be closest to Earth on June 5, but the best time to view the comet will be May 25 when a new moon will darken the skies. The comet poses no threat to Earth.
The comet won’t be visible to U.S. residents for long. Only people living in the Southern Hemisphere will be able to see the comet by late July.
Comet C/2015 V2 Johnson last night. Image Fitz Helmut Hemmerich. pic.twitter.com/KSB7lY7PFv
— Con Stoitsis (@vivstoitsis) May 14, 2017
Astronomers think that the Johnson comet will be ejected from the solar system by the gravity of the sun after its brief flyby.
C/2015 V2 Johnson was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona by astronomer Jess Johnson in November of 2015.