The eclipse won't be the only rare event in the skies over Evansville on April 8

EVANSVILLE — A total solar eclipse won't be the only rare celestial event to shine over Evansville on April 8.

That same day will include the arrival of “Devil's Comet”: a celestial ball of dust and ice that last burned across the sky in 1954.

Officially known as Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks – named after its astronomical founders, Jean-Louis Pons and W.R. Brooks – the comet gets its most dangerous moniker from two horns of ice and gas protruding from its body. Meanwhile, others have compared it to Han Solo's Millennium Falcon.

The comet should already be visible in the night sky by now, according to NASA officials Paul Chodas and Davide Varnocchia. He told CNN last week. But as it makes its way through the stars, it will eventually only become visible during the day in this part of the world, making it difficult to see in sunlight.

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