Breaking news! The latest photo from Solar Orbiter captured a comet approaching the Sun. See here

21/12/2021
Credit: ESA/NASA/NRL/SoloHI
Credit: ESA/NASA/NRL/SoloHI

Breaking news! The latest photo from Solar Orbiter captured a comet approaching the Sun. The photo can be seen above, and somewhere at the bottom you will see a brighter spot, that is the comet captured by Solar Orbiter. Comet Leonard is a comet surprised by Solar Orbiter, a comet approaching the Sun. Solar Orbiter captured this image somewhere between December 17-19, being revealed by ESA now, December 21, 2021.

 Behind it, Comet Leonardo leaves a space dust of rock and ice that is approx. 1 kilometer and can become even longer as it approaches the Sun. Behind this image you can see the visual field of the Milky Way, and you can also see the planets Venus and Mercury in the upper right. Of course, Venus is brighter than Mercury, so you can tell them apart. SoloHI is the instrument that photographed and filmed the comet that at that time (December 17-19, 2021) was between the Sun and the spaceship. 

According to ESA, SoloHI will see the comma from the side, so we can see it much more clearly. The comet will leave the field of view on December 22, 2021, so Solar Orbiter will no longer be able to see it. In addition to ESA, NASA's Earth-A Observatory has been tracking the comet throughout the month. Even some ground-based telescopes and many other people have tried to see the comet this month. Discovered this year (2021) in January by Gregory Leonard, Comet Leonard named after it is one of the most visible comets this month until December 22, 2021, when it may disappear. It is also known as C / 2021 A1 (Leonard) - scientific name. But unfortunately, this month may be the only and last month we see this comet. 

On January 3, 2022, it will approach approx. 90 million km. of the Sun, which is about half the distance from the Sun to the Earth. Unfortunately, there are only two options when approaching the Sun: 1. Or it will completely disintegrate and we will never see it again 2. If it does not disintegrate, its trajectory will throw it into interstellar space, and after that we will never see it again. 

We wish success to NASA and ESA and to all those who surprise this comet, because the images with this comet will be extremely valuable, being the only ones that will exist. 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 21 December 2021, at 07:46 am Los Angeles time

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