First discovered in 1812, this comet has a period of about 71 years.
Earth can predict that the comet will reach its maximum brightness in mid-April next year, when it will be located approximately 232 million kilometers (equivalent to 144,158,116 miles) from Earth.
“It may be bright enough to be seen with the naked eye or binoculars, but it’s not because it’s so close.” Teddy Caletaa postdoctoral fellow at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, told Insider. “That’s because it’s very bright overall.”
“Next spring Ponds Brooks could be bright enough to be seen with the naked eye, but it’s almost certainly bright enough to be seen with small binoculars or even an introductory backyard telescope. “It’s a solar eclipse, so people should consider marking their calendars to watch the comet in case it’s not in the news as much,” Kaleta told FOX News Digital.
The astronomer stressed that because comets are “notoriously unpredictable” it is difficult to predict the brightness of a comet approaching Earth, making it a “wait and see” situation for skywatchers.
As previously reported by Forbes magazine, the comet earned the nickname “The Devil.” In July, when astronomers observed the “horn” surrounding the comet’s core, some compared the comet to the Millennium Falcon spacecraft from “Star Wars.”
Dr. Kaleta revealed that these “horns” are essentially tails made up of gas and dust created by unusual explosions, which scientists are still investigating to fully understand. did.
Astronomers told Insider that an explosion is when “a comet suddenly becomes active” and ejects gas and dust at an accelerated rate.
“The comet brightens very quickly and then gradually fades back to its previous brightness,” he told the outlet. “And at Pons Brooks, these are really, really bright, really, really big explosions. And this is what makes this comet so interesting to scientists.”
Kaleta suggested that individuals stay up-to-date on all developments regarding the comet in the months leading up to its expected appearance in the sky.
Astronomers estimate that the comet’s core has a diameter of 19.4 miles, which is about twice the size of Mount Everest. As Kaleta pointed out, this comet is exceptionally large compared to other celestial bolides, which typically range from 0.6 miles to 1.8 miles in diameter.
“We know it’s big. We know it’s an outlier. We know it’s rare,” Kaleta told Insider, adding, “A lot of people are really excited about this comet. He added that he believed that.
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