It’s coming A new cosmic show For our sky. The Comet Leonard, Discovered earlier this year, is on track to become “the brightest in 2021”. As they approach Earth, they point to various reports from astronomers observing the evolution and path of this celestial body.
It was discovered on January 3 by Greg Leonard of the Mount Lemon Observatory in Arizona, USA. After the discovery was confirmed, the comet was named C / 2021 A1 (Leonard).
Recent observations using telescopes show that the comet emits more dust and gas as it approaches the Sun, as its components cool and evaporate as they get older.
The closest point (perihelion) to the Sun is expected to occur on January 3, 2022, but before that it will pass through our planet’s orbit, which means that this is the best opportunity to observe.
NASA reports The comet will be Leonard The closest approach to the earth 34.9 million kilometers on December 12, 2021.
“It is predicted to be the brightest comet this year. It should be visible with binoculars and can be observed with the naked eye! Says the US space agency.
It is still difficult to predict exactly how bright a comet will be, because we do not know how much dust and gas it will emit (it may vary from day to day), depending on the amount of scattered sunlight. “, NASA adds.
according to Figures by astronomers, Leonard Comet should reach an apparent magnitude of between 5 and 2.6 (low, bright), which can be distinguished by the naked eye.
In the dark sky (even from the moon without much light on the surface), stars up to 6 in size can be seen.
If the activity of the comet develops as expected in the next few days, we will publish a detailed guide so that you do not miss this astronomical event.
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