A Green Comet Is About To Put An Amazing show in the Night Sky Next Week
A highly bright green comet is about to put an amazing shoe for star gazers. This particular icy space rock, called Comet Linear, will observable from next week and it is going to be about 100 times brighter than astronomers had anticipated. Sky gazers, specially, in the southern hemisphere, were got to view of the comet earlier this week, after it came across Earth at 3.3 million miles away. At the moment, Comet Linear is moving swiftly into sight from the northern hemisphere. But because of moon-filled skies, you may require a pair of binoculars to get a better view.
Star gazers will need to be out below the clear night sky at least 1.5 hours before sunrise, in a place as free from light pollution as possible. The comet is travelling between the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpius, which is located the southern part of the sky just before dawn. Every morning the Comet Linear will get higher with respect to the surrounding stars. The planets Mars and Saturn are in the same part of the sky as well. According to Sky & Telescope, Mars, Saturn and the bright star Antares will be the first things you gaze upon, creating a unique triangle a little smaller than your tightened fist held at arm's length.
The comet is climbing to the left of this trio. It will be roughly in line with Mars and Saturn on the morning of March 29th and along a line connecting Saturn and Antares on March 31st.
The comet is ascending to the left of this triangle. It will be approximately in line with Mars and Saturn on the morning of March 29th and alongside a line linking Saturn and Antares on March 31st.
The greenish color of Comet Linear is caused by molecules of diatomic carbon that are shining in sunlight.
Though, this green color will not be obvious unless you view the comet through a normal telescope.
Given the comet's surprising surge, astronomers aren't quite exactly sure how long it will stay green.
The closest approach of Comet Linear to Earth was just 3.3 million miles away, on March 21st and currently it's moving away from both Earth and the sun.
Another small visitor, called Comet PanSTARRS (designated P/2016 BA14), passed even closer to Earth — about 2.2 million miles away — on March 22nd.
A Green Comet Is About To Put An Amazing show in the Night Sky Next Week Reviewed by Umer Abrar on 3/26/2016 Rating: