Just in time for the world to welcome the New Year, a comet will fly over Earth and light up the night sky with brilliant natural fireworks.
NASA experts joked: Forget the New Years Eve fireworks this year because the night sky is always lit by natural fireworks!
Specifically, according to Science Alert, on the night of December 31, a comet will fly over Earth and at the same time light up the night sky with natural fireworks.
As a result, a comet named 45P / Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková will fly right next to the crescent moon on the night of December 31.
According to astronomers, every 5 years, this bright blue and green-headed comet flies over the ring of the solar system.
It started to get clearer west of the horizon from December 15th. And by December 31, they will approach the Sun at a distance of 140 million km. The special point is that you can observe them with a telescope.
Paul Chodas, director of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Research (NEO), said: “You will have a good chance of seeing this comet event only with specialized binoculars. Of course, since we cannot be sure. of the brightness of the stars, whether or not you can see this phenomenon clearly or not is unpredictable. “
Astronomers often use the apparent luminosity (of a celestial body) to determine the luminosity of an object in the sky; the lower the light, the brighter the object. The brightest stars have an apparent magnitude of 0 or 1, while the weakest is 6.
A comet is a collection of rocks, dust, ice, and freezing gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), methane, and ammonia. Due to its low density, a comet’s nucleus does not form a mass like larger objects in the universe and therefore often has an irregular shape.
If you want to admire this phenomenon, you should turn to the Southeast, just after New Year’s Eve!