Tomorrow, Comet Leonard will pass Earth. See here how you can see it in every city

11/12/2021
Credit: ESA/NEOCC
Credit: ESA/NEOCC

News! Tomorrow, Comet Leonard will pass by Earth. The comet can be seen in December of this year (2021) and in November of the following year (2022). Comet Leonardo, which is also called Comet C / 2021 A1, will approach approx. 34.9 million kilometers (21.7 million miles). This distance will be the smallest between Earth and Comet and will be established on December 12, 2021. According to the latest data, the first to see the comet are those in the northern hemisphere who will see the comet in the eastern part of the sky at dawn and will be seen throughout mid-December. Then the comet can be seen somewhere in the United States, which will see it very well somewhere around mid-December. And then, on December 14, the comet will be able to be seen from both hemispheres of the Earth. 

How can you see it best? 

If you are in a city with high light pollution (lots of lights on at the same time, etc.) it will be hard to see, but you can. It would be best to use binoculars or, if you have one, even a telescope. To see the comet as clearly as possible, you should go to the edge of the city or somewhere where there is no light pollution and use binoculars or a telescope. You can see where the comet is in the sky in the city where you are, here: https://theskylive.com/planetarium?obj=cometleonard#ra|17.420249804060614|dec|-25.697578644054865|fov|80  It is best to look for it when it is night.

Space agencies have also said that the comet will visit the planet Venus. On December 18, the comet will pass by Venus. Then, on January 3, it will get closer to the Sun. If it survives the heat of the Sun and the radiation, it will begin to move towards the exit of the Solar System and will definitely leave it. The comet is named after astronomer Greg Leonard, who recently observed it in January 2021. It has so far discovered 13 comets. 

We wish the astronomer success and you see the comet in the night sky! 

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 11 December 2021, at 10:21 am Los Angeles time

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