Nicknamed “The Devil’s Comet,” there’s no need to fear comet Pons-Brooks 12/P as it travels through space and approaches Earth’s orbit. This comet has a core of dust and gas and is spewing clouds of ice towards us. The ice cloud, according to some, resembles a horn, and to others – the comet looks like the famous comet. millennium falcon From Star Wars. Mark your calendars. Next spring, a rare combination of conditions may allow us earthlings to see Comet Devil before it disappears from view for another 71 years.
“If we look at this more intently, we may be able to answer this question,” said Eliot Harman, an amateur astronomer and former professor at the University of Arizona. I will,” he said. NBC News. “The NASA SOHO space probe takes images of comets close to the sun from space many times a year, but unless a solar eclipse occurs, it will be impossible to see comets close to the sun. It’s going to happen. I want to go to Texas to see it and take pictures.”
Astronomers will study more closely the angle at which comet Pons-Brooks 12/P passes Earth before returning to the solar system. The comet’s perihelion (the point in its brightest orbit closest to the Sun) will occur on April 21, 2024. A total solar eclipse will occur between then and June 2, when the comet’s orbit will be closest to Earth. That means Comet the Devil will eventually become bright enough for humans to see the comet with the naked eye and close enough to the Sun to be large enough to appear to Earth.