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Now is a good chance to see the comet: don't miss it

Added Fri, 29/03/2024
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Fri, 29/03/2024

After sunset, Comet Pons-Brooks can be seen in the northwestern part of the sky. The comet has a rich history of discovery. It was observed as early as 1385 and 1457. The first official discovery was made by French astronomer Jean-Louis-Pons in 1812. It was then independently rediscovered by Englishman William Robert Brooks in 1883.

Comet 12P/Pons—Brooks is a short-period comet that returns every 71 years. Long-period comets have an orbital period of more than 200 years and come from the outer regions of the Solar System. Short-period comets, on the other hand, have a shorter period of rotation and often remain in the area of Jupiter's orbit.

You can see the Pons—Brooks comet after sunset. You should look to the west-northwest, slightly above the horizon. Jupiter, the brightest star in the west, will be a good reference point. From it, look a little to the right and down.

The brightness of the comet is close to that of faint stars. But at a low location above the horizon, its light is greatly weakened by the atmosphere. This reduces the chance of detection by the naked eye. It is recommended to use binoculars for observation.

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