Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks / Habr

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks / Habr

The path of the comet among the constellations in the coming days

Now in our spring sky we can see a rather spectacular comet – 12P/Pons-Brooks

It is a kind of stand-in for Halley’s comet – a similar orbit, a slightly shorter period, but also comparable to a human life – 71 years. And its brightness, like that of Halley’s comet in the last appearance – about 4m. However, now it has not yet reached its maximum. But it will come soon.

The effectiveness of the comet was added by its recent passage near the famous Andromeda galaxy, which was responded to by a large number of astrophotographers – the Internet is full of such pictures.

Comet Ponce-Brooks is now moving through the northern part of the constellation Pisces, has already reached 5th magnitude brightness and is getting brighter every evening. It is an evening luminary, and the duration of visibility of this comet in our latitudes is very short – soon after evening twilight, the comet sets, and a perfectly open view in the western direction is required. The comet cannot be seen with the naked eye in such conditions, but it is quite possible with light optics.

I hope to do a more detailed post soon.

The table shows: the distance from the comet to the Sun, the elongation (angular distance from the comet to the Sun), the phase angle (when viewed from the Comet – the angle between the Sun and the Earth) and the predicted apparent brightness. The distance from the Earth to the comet this time is quite large – about 1.5 AU. This is one of the reasons why the comet did not become another apocalyptic celestial sign.

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