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'Christmas Comet' 46P/Wirtanen: 5 stunning photos of the celestial phenomenon

Comet 46P/Wirtanen, also known as the "Christmas Comet," brightened the night sky this weekend, coming within 7.2 million miles of Earth on Sunday. 

>> On AJC.com: See the year’s brightest comet as it flies by Earth this weekend

Photographers flocked to social media to share their stunning shots of the celestial phenomenon. Here are some of our favorites:

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1. Bleikvassli, Nordland, Norway

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Photo by Tommy Eliassen, @tommyeliassen, Instagram

2. Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming

Photo by Kevin Palmer, @krp234, Twitter

3. Grand Mesa Observatory, Whitewater, Colorado

Photo by Tom Masterson, @transient_astro, Instagram

4. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California

Photo by Jack Fusco, @jackfusco, Instagram

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Super excited to share my first image of Comet 46P and with the new Sigma 40mm f1.4 ART lens! We took a drive out to Anza Borrego in hopes of viewing the comet and then watching the Delta IV launch from Vandenberg shortly after. Unfortunately, the launch was canceled with just 7.5 seconds left in the count down. It was still an awesome night stargazing and checking out Comet 46P/Wirtanen. I think Kona is getting the hang of posing at night : ) It's been a while since we've had a comet to photograph, so its super exciting to have it line up so nicely with the Moonphase! I wrote a new post on my site with info (check my profile / story for link) about finding the comet and a closer look at the new Sigma 40mm f1.4 ART lens. This lens is seriously impressive. If you saw the story I shared with some BTS you have an idea, but definitely check out the post for a 100% crop of the corner shot at f1.4. Sony A7RII - @sigmaphoto 40mm f1.4 ART @dell xps 15 2-in-1 #comet46P #sigmaart #sigma40mm #comet46pwirtanen #anzaborrego #sandiego #nightphotography #nightphotography_exclusive #wheninrhone #drinkcoffeedostuff #adventureworthy #dellxps #doneonadell #sigmalensseason #space #stargazing #comet #boxersofinstagram #boxerpuppy #nightscaper

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5. Ohrid, Macedonia

Photo by Stojan Stojanovski, @stojan2s, Instagram

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