EGYPT – Scientists detect comet shining in the sky with the same brightness as the moon soon


(MENAFN – Youm7) Scientists have detected a comet called atlas, discovered last December, on its way to Earth, and it can appear shining like a crescent, unless it is separated from the sun’s heat first, the atlas is close to the orbit of Mars at the present time but is increasing rapidly as He makes his way toward the sun and will approach the nearest point of the planet to Earth at the end of May.

According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, it was discovered by the recent warning system for the impact of asteroids (ATLAS) in Hawaii and took its name from the initials of the system.

Seeing a comet with the naked eye would be a rare event for astronomers, the last bright comet visible without a telescope in the northern hemisphere that was Hale-Bopp in 1997.

And when it was discovered on December 28, 2019, it was faint and required a telescope, but as it approached it became brighter, and the sun would enlarge its glow as the star approached and became brighter faster than astronomers had expected.

“Comet ATLAS continues to brighten much faster than expected,” Carl Batams of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, told SpaceWeatherArchive.

It has seen a 4000-fold increase in brightness since it was first discovered, and can be seen with the naked eye early in April.

And when it was originally spotted, the comet was in Ursa Major and it appeared faded 398,000 times that of the naked eye from Earth.

But when it was discovered, it was 273 million miles from the sun, but it is getting brighter at an unprecedented speed since then.

“The comet is now releasing large quantities of volatile matter,” said Batams. “That is why it shines very quickly.”

Also, to survive long enough to be visible as a bright light in the sky, he must be able to hold on to his ice, and to do this, he must have a large nucleus with a store of frozen gases, something astronomers cannot confirm at the present time.

Whereas, if he does not have a large nucleus, it is possible that he will run out of gas, causing it to collapse and fade away as it approaches the sun.



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