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Comet Pan-STARRS streaks through the skies above New Zealand in this January 23, 2013 still image courtesy of John Drummond via NASA video. The first of two comets heading toward the sun this year made its closest approach to Earth on March 5, 2013, and will be visible in the Northern Hemisphere beginning on March 7, 2013.

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