Robotic telescope catches comet as it hurtles close to Earth

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One of Earth’s closest-ever encounters with a potentially dangerous alien body is currently happening 

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The Virtual Telescope project is right now reporting one of the closest alien encounters in history as a dangerously large comet lunges within potentially dangerous proximity to Earth.

The organisation’s website is providing live coverage of the comet’s journey, and reports the comet – called P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs – is only 2 million miles away.

The Virtual Telescope Project 2.0 is streaming live pictures of the close encounter, calling it a “historic” event.

In an obvious attempt to reassure anxious alien watchers, an article on the organisation’s website claims the comet is passing at a distance that is “absolutely safe”, but added that it was “the third closest comet ever in history”.