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Once in a Lifetime Event: Rare ‘Devil Comet’ Set for Closest Approach to Earth!

Scientists have been intrigued by the comet's explosive nature, which has drawn comparisons to the Millennium Falcon spacecraft in the "Star Wars" films.

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Once in a Lifetime Event

Once in a Lifetime Event: This Sunday, a comet with horns known as the “devil comet” will pass closest to Earth. While people in the Northern Hemisphere haven’t seen the comet since early May, those in the Southern Hemisphere have a better chance of spotting it through binoculars or a telescope, CNN reported.

Scientists have been intrigued by the comet’s explosive nature, which has drawn comparisons to the Millennium Falcon spacecraft in the “Star Wars” films.

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks will make its closest pass of Earth on Sunday. It will still be 230 million kilometres away from our planet and won’t pose any risk. The sun is 149 million kilometres away from us.

Observing and studying the Pons-Brooks comet could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience because it completes one orbit around the sun about every 71 years.

The planet passed within 119.7 million kilometres of the sun on April 21.

Those below the equator may be able to see the phenomenon for the first time since the 1950s, Dr. Teddy Kareta, a postdoctoral associate at Lowell Observatory in Arizona told CNN.

As the devil comet has orbited the sun for thousands of years, it may have been observed by two prolific discoverers, Jean-Louis Pons and William Robert Brooks.

According to Kareta, the massive comet has a diameter of 10 to 20 kilometres and a rotation period of 57 hours.

According to Dr. Dave Schleicher, astronomer at Lowell Observatory in Arizona, this rare visitor appears green because it contains diatomic carbon molecules. These molecules absorb sunlight and emit a colour that appears green to us.

In recent years, Pons-Brooks has caught the attention of astronomers due to its intriguing behavior, which resulted in the comet appearing horned.

There have been several outbursts of gas and dust from the comet over the past eight months. These events are not uncommon in comets, and other comets have resembled crescents or Pac-Man shapes, but it is difficult to determine what Pons-Brooks is typically like.

During close approaches to the Sun, comets develop a glowing coma and sometimes a tail caused by sublimation of ice and dust.

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