Closest to Earth comet, which because of the color of the atmosphere nicknamed “the incredible Hulk”, will be August 7.
In August, the inhabitants of the Earth will be able to see in the sky near the sun the comet C/2017 S3 (PanSTARRS), writes theskylive.com.
The comet will become visible to the naked eye, as the maximum gets closer to Earth, and its size of the dust cloud are twice the size of Jupiter – the largest planet in the Solar system.
According to the Austrian Amateur astronomer Michael Jaeger, who is a specialist in the field of comets, 2 July, the brightness of the comet “has increased dramatically” – from +12 to +9 magnitude.
Scientist says that the cloud around its nucleus is about 4 arc minutes, which is about 260 thousand kilometers in diameter. At the same time the celestial body is missing the usual comet tail.
The astronomer said that the atmosphere of the comet has a green tint. Due to this feature it has been called “the incredible Hulk”.
C/2017 S3 (PanSTARRS) arrived in the circumsolar region of the Oort cloud, which surrounds our planetary system. It was first spotted September 23, 2017.
The perihelion (closest distance to the Sun) the object is inside the orbit of mercury, which will lead to a strong heating of the surface of the comet and increase its gas and dust cloud. Closest to Earth it will be August 7, at the same time its brightness will reach +4.
As reported, British scientists have discovered evidence that about 10950 BC, the Earth collided with a comet that wiped out the mammoths and marked the beginning of flourishing of human civilization.
It is worth noting that on Friday, July 13, humans can observe a rare solar Eclipse that will be visible from the southern coast of Australia, Tasmania and parts of Antarctica.
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