Comet 12P Is Visible Ahead Of Total Solar Eclipse 2024: How To Catch This Rare Comet

Ahead of Solar Eclipse 2024, you have a chance to catch a glimpse of Comet 12P, which is visible in some regions. Know all the details about this Devil Comet here.
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Once-in-a-Lifetime Celestial Events: Total Solar Eclipse and Comet 12P 'Mother of Dragons' Await Skywatchers

Solar Eclipse is being the talk of the town, not just for skywatchers but for the entire humankind as it will be a Total Solar Eclipse. If you miss it, this will be 21 years away from now for States. The unfortunate part is that only a limited number of countries will be able to witness this rare event. However, there is another celestial event which is currently going on. In case you are unlucky to not get a chance to view the Total Solar Eclipse, then you will surely be lucky enough to catch this Mother of Dragons comet right now.
Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks is currently visible in the night sky for observers in the northern hemisphere, providing a rare opportunity for both professional and amateur astronomers to catch it. Known for its stunning eruptions of gas and dust, this comet has a unique orbit, returning roughly every 71 years. Its core is about 30 kilometers wide. Astronomers have been studying it during their past journeys through the inner Solar System, learning more about its behaviour and features over time.
It must be noted that in case you miss this opportunity to view this celestial event, then Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks won't be visible in our night skies again until 2095.

How To Catch The View Of ‘Mother Of Dragons’ Comet 12P

NASA says that Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks is currently bright enough to spot with binoculars or a small telescope in the evening sky. Look for it just below the Moon and slightly to the right of Jupiter. But you'll need to act fast as the comet will soon become too close to the Sun's glare to see clearly after mid-April. And once it passes closest to Earth, it will start fading as it moves away from the Sun. This is a fleeting chance to catch this celestial visitor before it potentially disappears from view for many years.

Horned Comet 12P: How Did It Get Its Name?

This comet's distinctive shape has earned it nicknames like the 'horned' comet or 'devil' comet. Like other comets, 12P/Pons-Brooks is made up of ice, dust, and rocks. When it gets closer to the Sun, the heat causes the ice to transform into gas, which then escapes from the comet's surface, carrying dust along. This creates a large cloud and a tail that points away from the Sun due to the solar wind.
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