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If you are a lover of the Universe, and of all astronomical events, then you should know that a kite would be ‘very close’ to visiting the Land in the coming months. This celestial body known as C/2023 A3was discovered in January 2023 by Chinese researchers and its sighting is one of the most anticipated astronomical events.
So far, at kite It has been seen twice: on January 9 from the Purple Mountain Observatory in China, and the second time was on February 22 from South Africa, with the Asteroid Terrestrial Impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) telescope. ).
According to the estimates of astrologers, at its closest point to the Landthe magnitude of kite it could reach -0.2, which would make it one of the brightest objects in the night sky. It could also affect forward scatter, when the comet’s dust and ice reflect light from the Sun, thus predicting that the magnitude would reach -5.
However, keep in mind that the brightness of the kite it is more diffuse than that of stars, since it is a moving object with a tail (potentially), rather than a single light source.
What is known about comet C/2023 A3?
This kite which is known as C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS) It comes from the Oort cloud and its closest point to the Sun will occur until 2024, allowing itself to be seen from the Land for October of the same year.
It is also expected to be an especially bright celestial body, being able to outshine the stars at night by shining brighter than them. All these estimates could be affected by numerous factors.
Along with its brightness, another aspect that stands out about this comet is its speed: reaching 300,000 km per hour. At this time it is believed that it will be somewhere between the orbits of Saturn and Jupiter, on a journey that will take about 80,660 years through the Solar System.
When and where can it be seen from Earth?
He kite Not only will it be very bright, according to astrologers, but its speed will also be notorious and the comet will approach the Sun until September 28, 2024, before it is at its closest point to the Sun. Land a few weeks later, that is, on October 13 of the same year, although the best days to see it will be before or after this date. An extra piece of information will be that when it can be seen it will be close to the Hydra and Crate constellations.
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