Recently, an amateur astronomer the city of Kakegawa (Japan) discovered a comet which is approaching the Sun and is already visible to the naked eye.
Named as Nishimura (C/2023 P1)the object was discovered by the amateur astrophotographer Hideo Nishimura last August 11.
He has certain What This comet is not periodic, that is to say it comes from the confines of the solar system, probably Oort Cloud, and its journey lasts thousands of years. This may be your first foray into our cosmic neighborhood.
The comet’s hyperbolic trajectory and the evaporation of its volatile parts leave behind a green light that can be seen with better clarity from September 12 to 17, when it will be closest to the Sun.
Currently, the comet can be photographed with telescopes of six inches or larger in the eastern constellation Gemini before dawn. Its magnitude is 10 (the lower the number, the brighter it is).
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Tuesday September 12, the comet was 125 million kilometers away, the point of its trajectory closest to the Earth. Additionally, Nishimura is estimated to reach perihelion, the closest position to the Sun, on September 17, placing it approximately 32 million kilometers from our star (0.22 AU), making it more easily visible to humans.
Nishimura can be seen from any part of our planet, with greater appreciation in the northern hemisphere. However, in the southern hemisphere the comet can also be observed before dawn.
It is advisable to observe the comet using binoculars or a telescope, preferably in a place protected from light pollution, at sunrise or sunset.
Information from the Efe agency indicates that in the event that it emerges intact, Nishimura will continue his long-term orbit and will not visit planet Earth again for four centuries.
References: National Geographic / Space.
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