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After 70 years, the comet is approaching the earth again

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After 70 years, the comet is approaching the earth again | A comet the size of Mount Everest is coming very close to Earth in the next few weeks.

A comet the size of Mount Everest is coming very close to Earth in the next few weeks.

It will come very close to Earth on June 2. At this time, its distance from Earth will be 144 million miles.

It will come close to Earth for the first time in nearly a century. It can also be seen with the naked eye. The name of that comet is 12P/Pons–Brooks.

It is also sometimes referred to as the Devil Comet. It was named after a horn-shaped explosion of ice and gas on the comet’s surface last year.

The comet will reach very close to the Sun on April 21. Since then, it has started to become brighter in the sky. Already, astronomers from different countries around the world can see it with binoculars or telescopes and take great pictures of it.

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks approaches Earth periodically. A comet orbiting the Sun enters the Solar System every 70 years. Astronomer Jean-Louis Pons discovered the first comet in 1812. It was then seen again in 1883 by astronomer William Robert Brooks. It is named after them. The last time the comet came close to the Sun was in 1954. Then in 2095 it may approach the Sun again.

The comet will appear in the constellation Taurus by April 21. It will then be best visible in the evening from the Northern Hemisphere. At this time it will appear near the west and north-west horizon.

It will appear brighter as it moves closer to the Sun throughout April. But Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society of the United Kingdom, said, ‘As bright as it looks in the picture, it may not look as bright in reality. If there is no moon in the sky, it can be seen with the naked eye. If there is no light pollution or the weather is clear, it can be seen. But it will be convenient to see it if you have a telescope.

It can be seen from there during the April 8 solar eclipse in the United States. Those interested can also check from the mobile app. Like other comets, 12P/Pons-Brooks is composed primarily of dust, ice, and metallic material. When it gets close to the Sun, the heat escapes gas and dust particles to form the comet’s atmosphere. Apart from this, a comet tail is formed due to the solar wind. The 21-mile-radius comet has recently become the center of interest for astronomers due to some unusual features.

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