A Rare Comet Is About To Pass Earth In February

According to a news published on NDTV, people of the earth are going to experience something for the very first time in the coming month of February. Previously we have noticed many rare instances and happenings and this one too shall be a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence as well.  A comet that is green and has not been visible in the past fifty thousand years is going to make an appearance for the first time. In the weeks that follow next, it shall be seen during the night. 

According to a report published by NASA, this green comment is about to come closes to the orbit of the earth either by the end of January or early February.  Researchers and scientists at NASA are of the view that this shall be a very rare event. Once this comet flies past the earth, it shall not be visible again for very many years or even centuries. Researchers are already trying to trace more information about this comet as currently, very little information has been known to them about it.  

Earth In February
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In the report of NASA, it has been further stated that the last time when this comet flew closer past the earth’s radar was during the stone age. And so, naturally, no documents or records have been made. So, it can be said that this happens once in a generation and it is going to take place this time. As per the space agency of America, on January 12th this green comet is expected to be close to the sun. So, going by this calculation, it is going to be around the earth either on the first or the second of February, this year. 

It has also been said that the more this comet shall be nearer to the earth’s orbit the better it shall be for the observers to spot this bright Polaris star. Some researchers are also calling it the North Star based on the region it is flying from.

NASA has confirmed that skywatchers from the Northern Hemisphere through their binoculars shall be able to view it in the morning sky all of January.  While those belonging to the Southern Hemisphere will be able to locate it around early February. It is also been said that based on how bright the green comet tends to be in the next few weeks, it might be visible to the eyes without binoculars too, across the dark skies during this month’s end. One can easily distinguish this comet from the stars. It has a streaking tail with energized particles and dust. There is also a green coma surrounding it that glows.

On the second of March last year, astronomers discovered it with the help of a camera that is meant for wide-field visuals. It is said that around this comet there is an orbit that surrounds the sun. And then from there, it passes across the solar system’s outer reach. This construes the reason behind its visibility on such rarest of times. You can even watch this celestial object when it crosses the sun from YouTube or the website as well.