As far as comets go, neither object is particularly massive and neither have orbits in the future that pose a threat to Earth.
"March 22 will be the closest comet P/2016 BA14 gets to us for at least the next 150 years," added Chodas. "Comet P/2016 BA14 is not a threat. Instead, it is an excellent opportunity for scientific advancement on the study of comets."
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Because they are so small, these cometary lightweights will be hard to observe, so only the most powerful, professional-grade ground-based telescopes can spot them.
The Discovery Channel Telescope saw "first light" in 2012 and is the fifth largest optical/near-infrared telescope in the continental United States. It is designed to track down objects orbiting the sun as far afield as the Kuiper Belt (beyond Pluto), including comets flying through the solar system, but also specializes in the study of dwarf galaxies.
It is powerful telescopes like the DCT that are critical to the safeguarding of Earth from incoming comet and asteroid threats and high-resolution studies of this possible comet "twin" will help us not only understand the composition and structure of these icy bodies, they will also provide a clue as to how comets form and how many more are out there.