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This comet, which passes every 71 years, can be seen with the naked eye in the coming days

This comet, which passes every 71 years, can be seen with the naked eye in the coming days

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks, which passes near Earth every 71 years, will be visible during the next two weeks from the surface of the blue planet.

However, people who want to observe this star will need to bring binoculars or a small telescope, according to The Independent.

Depending on how its brightness changes over the next few days, it may be visible to the eye at a certain time.

“If we're lucky, she'll have another [augmentation de son activité] “Over the next few weeks,” University of Central Lancashire astrophysicist Dr. Megan Argo explains to English media.

The latter specifies that this comet spends most of its time in its orbit at the outer edges of the solar system, but returns to the Sun approximately every 71 years.

The heat produced by the star causes the ice on the star's surface to instantly turn into gas, causing material to separate from its surface to form a luminous trail.

This process is called “sublimation”.

The astrophysicist continues: “The path consists of gas and dust that is driven by the force of the solar wind.” The track can be stunning in the sky when viewed from the ground.

Ms. Argo says that although this path is developing well, it cannot be seen with the naked eye yet.

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks is named after Jean-Louis Pons and William Robert Brooks, who discovered it in 1812.

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