It has been just revealed that NASA confirmed a mysterious devil comet that is racing towards Earth. Check out the latest reports about the spooky comet.
NASA makes new revelations about a spooky comet
An approaching comet named 12P/Pons-Brooks, nicknamed the “devil comet”, is scheduled to make a close pass by Earth. Although the name might cause concern, there is no need to worry as our planet will not be affected.
The comet’s previous close encounter with Earth was over 70 years ago, and its orbit takes it far away from our planet to the outer edges of the solar system before it swings back, making its way toward the inner solar system.
It is classified as a periodic comet, meaning it follows a predictable path, and has been observed by astronomers for over two centuries.
The “devil comet” will be visible with binoculars or a telescope in the coming weeks, making it an exciting event for stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts alike.
According to astronomers, the nucleus or core of the comet is estimated to be around 12.6 miles across, which is about the size of two Mount Everests stacked on top of each other. In comparison, most comets are typically between 0.6 and 1.8 miles wide, as stated by Teddy Kareta, a postdoctoral researcher at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.
The “devil comet” gets its name from what appears to be horns produced by the comet’s outgassing, as observed by astronomers. However, it poses no risk to Earth and will come within 1.5 astronomical units (AU) of our planet at its closest approach. For reference, 1 AU is the distance between the Sun and Earth.
As you can see from the info below, there’s nothing to worry about and we should rest assured that our planet will be just fine, like it has been for quite some time now – something is definitely watching over planet Earth, keeping it safe from comet and asteroid-related harm.