he Comet NishimuraWhich was discovered last month, is on its way towards the sun and will pass near the planet Land In the coming days, an event will occur that will not be repeated for at least 500 years, according to scientists.
It is estimated that the star passes through space at a speed of more than 380 thousand kilometers per hour. Regarding its size, scientists have not yet been able to determine it, although they believe that its diameter could range from a few hundred meters to two or three kilometers.
When and how do we see the green comet Nishimura?
Nishimura is currently in the constellation Cancer and can actually be spotted just before dawn by looking to the northeast, but not with the naked eye. This will only happen on September 12When it is at its closest point to the Earth.
Since its discovery, the “green” comet has been scientifically named C/2023, p. 1its brightness will increase until it reaches magnitude 6.7, making it easier to see from Earth.
According to the astronomer Brad Gibson The director of the Center for Astrophysics at the University of Hull (England) says that the comet takes 500 years to orbit the solar system, so this will be the only possibility of seeing it.
from her side, a pot He pointed out that the comet’s approach to the sun could break its core, which is made up of rocks, dust, and frozen gases, leading to its decomposition in the space of the solar orbit.
Likewise, if that doesn’t happen, its current path indicates that the comet will use its energy to leave the solar system, heading toward the Oort Cloud and disappearing into deep space.
As of September 17, Nishimura will be closest to the Sun and will no longer be clearly visible. From that moment on, everything indicated that he would never be seen on Earth again.