Prepare for ‘Devil Comet’: Spectacular Celestial Event This Summer

A mysterious celestial object is hurtling through space, but what you’re about to see is something you wouldn’t expect to see up in the sky! It’s called ‘Comet 12 / P Pon-brooks’ and it’s been nicknamed ‘Devil Comet’ because of its unique shape. It has two distinct horns made of gas and ice, and it’s coming straight at us this summer! It’ll be a showstopper for sky-watchers around the world!

Don’t worry, the “Devil Comet” isn’t going to hurt our planet! On the contrary, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance for stargazers to catch a glimpse of one of the most spectacular events of the entire 71-year solar cycle as it passes Earth’s solar system.

The “Devil Comet” is scheduled to pass Earth’s inner solar system on the 21st of April, 2024. Then, on the following day, June 2, 2024, it will come closest to Earth’s surface. During this time, if the sky is clear and skies are sufficiently dark, astronomers predict that the “Devil comet” could become bright enough for the naked eye to see. It’s been dazzling the night sky for those with powerful telescopes even before it passes Earth. In the last four months alone, astronomers have caught a glimpse of two spectacular eruptions, one in July and the other in October.

It’s supposed to reach its closest point to the sun on April 21st, 2024, and then on June 2nd, it’ll come close to Earth again. If the sky is clear and it’s dark enough, astronomers think it’ll be bright enough for us to see it. It’s already been dazzling the night sky for those with powerful telescopes in the last four months, with two huge eruptions in July and October.

During these explosions, the comet brightened up big time, shooting out cloud after cloud of gas and ice that gave it its “horns”. Some people said it looked a lot like the Millennium Falcon from “Star Wars.”

Remote telescopes in Utah were used by amateur astronomers and retired professor Eliot Herman, who was able to get some amazing shots of the comet, including the one with the devil horns.

The nucleus of a comet is made up of dust, ice, and gas. The nucleus is surrounded by a cloud of gas called a coma, and the nucleus can experience outbursts. The outbursts are caused by the heating of the sun’s rays. Outbursts like the one observed in July or October are thought to be the cause of the temporary “horns” on the surface of the comet. Because of the comet’s unique structure, it’s likely that the expelled clouds of gas and ice will look different from Earth’s perspective, and that’s why the “horn” shape on the surface of a comet is seen through Earth’s telescopes.

But what exactly is going on? “If we observe this more closely, we might be able to figure out what’s really going on,” said Herman, “and there’s a community of people who are trying to figure that out.”

The “Devil Comet” is set to make a close encounter with the Earth in the spring of 2024, and astronomers are eager to observe it during this close encounter in order to gain valuable insights. This close encounter comes just ahead of the 2024 April 8th Total Solar Eclipse, during which the comet is expected to be in close alignment with the Sun, potentially allowing it to be seen by the naked eye. This close encounter will be the second in as many years, with the next close encounter expected to take place in the Inner Solar System only 71 years from now.

Comet Ponsonby has a long and fascinating history, having first been discovered by French astronomers in 1812. In 1883, it reappeared in the heavens, this time observed by William Brooks.

Herman said he’s really looking forward to it. The NASA’s SOHO mission takes pictures of comets that come close to the Sun every year, but you can’t see one with your naked eye unless there’s an eclipse, which there will be this summer. I’m going to be in Texas, so I’m hoping to catch a glimpse of it and take some pictures. So, get ready to see the “Devil Comet” and all its awesome sounds as it lights up the night sky. It’s gonna be an amazing experience!

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