Keep your eyes peeled at the night sky as Earth continues to close in on a so-called “Devil Comet” at blistering cosmic speeds. The “Devil Comet,” which will make a near-Earth path that makes it close enough to be seen by the naked eye, will not come close enough to harm our planet, according to expert astronomers.
The appearance of the comet during the Spring or Summer of 2024 is something that may easily be overshadowed, pun intended, by the total solar eclipse that is expected to happen in the same season. However, don’t allow that to stop you from viewing this spooky and bright comet that is coming our way.
One Postdoctoral researcher at Lowell Observatory, Teddy Kareta, had this to say to Fox News Digital about the coming “Devil Comet,” “There’s a chance that Pons-Brooks will be bright enough to see with your naked eye next spring, but it will almost certainly be bright enough to see with even a small set of binoculars or a starter backyard telescope. The primary bit of space news next April will obviously be the total solar eclipse, so people should consider marking their calendars to try to see the comet just in case it’s not getting as much news.”
If you’re on the fence about viewing the upcoming astoronomical anomaly, maybe this quick phrase from Kareta detailing what we know so far with change your mind. He spoke to insider about the comet, saying, “We know it’s big. We know it’s an outlier. We know it’s rare.”
Short, simple, to the point, and it makes me want to view it for sure. A once-in-a-lifetime even streaking across the nights sky. The comet is said to burn green with visible horn-like features sitting in its trail.
Kareta also explained that we should not be alarmed about the proximity of the comet, adding, “It might be bright enough that you can see with your naked eye or with binoculars, but that’s not because it’s going to be super close. It’s because it’s just generally very bright.”
Kareta also detailed why we are able to see the comet and what makes it so special, saying, “The comet brightens really rapidly and then sort of fades back to the brightness it had before. And in Pons-Brooks, these are really, really bright — really, really large outbursts. And this is what makes this comet so interesting to scientists.”
This is an exciting, must-see phenomenon for people who are fans of astronomy. However, it is also a great sight to gaze at for anyone who maybe has no interest in astronomy but wants to see something that no other generation of humans ever has.
As the comet burns across our sky, we can be reminded of the brilliance of our world and spend some time with family watching one of the greatest light shows of all-time unfold without any interaction from human beings.
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