Comet that passes Earth once every 71 years now visible in night sky

The recent discovery and visibility of Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks has stirred excitement among astronomers and stargazers alike. Here's a detailed overview of this celestial event:

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks: A Rare Celestial Visitor Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks is currently gracing the night sky, offering a captivating spectacle for those equipped with binoculars or small telescopes.

This comet, named after its discoverers Jean-Louis Pons and William Robert Brooks, is a periodic visitor to our solar system, making its grand appearance once every 71 years.

Observations and Brightne According to Dr. Megan Argo, an astrophysicist at the University of Central Lancashire, Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks has been experiencing periodic outbursts of activity, causing its brightness to increase.

Stargazers may soon be treated to the spectacle of witnessing this comet with the naked eye, as it continues to grow brighter in the coming weeks.

Composition and Behavior Comets are fascinating celestial objects composed mainly of dust, rock, and ice, often referred to as "giant dirty snowballs."

As Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks ventures closer to the Sun, the heat causes the ice within it to sublime directly into gas, leading to the formation of a coma (a cloud around the nucleus) and a tail comprised of gas and dust.

This tail, stretching across millions of miles in space, is what can make comets such as 12P/Pons-Brooks appear spectacular in the night sky.

Visibility and Location While Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks is currently developing a distinct tail, it may not yet be visible to the naked eye without the aid of binoculars or a telescope.

Stargazers eager to catch a glimpse of this celestial wonder can find it below and slightly to the left of the Andromeda galaxy.