Watch for a green comet - now or in 400 years!
Comet Nishimura, a comet with a greenish hue, is approaching the Sun. This is a unique phenomenon that will be best seen from Earth on September 12.
We are not pessimists, but let's face it: we are unlikely to last another 400 years. And that's how long it will take to see Comet Nishimura in space again. So it is better not to miss this astronomical spectacle in the coming days.
Astronomy fans from around the world are excited about a unique astronomical event - the hypnotizing comet Nishimura (C/2023 P1), which is making its way through the solar system. Which once again reminds us how mysterious and bizarre outer space can be.
The aerospace portal space.com noted that the comet was first seen in April this year by astronomer Hideo Nishimura from Japan. He used his Canon SLR camera with a telephoto lens for observation, which is an extremely rare method of detecting a new comet. Usually, special telescopes are used for this purpose.
Astronomers observed how a solar storm ripped off the comet's tail, and then it "grew back". Now comet Nishimura is approaching our planet and the Sun. On September 12, it will pass closest to Earth. But will do so at a safe distance - about 125 million kilometers, which is about 84% of the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
The comet will be visible to the naked eye early in the morning in the east between the constellations of Cancer and Leo. But it is still best to use binoculars or a telescope. In binoculars or a small to medium sized telescope, a fuzzy greenish ball will be visible. And the comet's tail can only be observed with more powerful optics.
It is such a rare sight that the comet's next approach to Earth and the Sun is not expected until the year 2431.
Socium.Network team continues to monitor this unique event. What about you?
Image: space.com, expansion.mx