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Devil's Comet can currently be seen in the night sky for about 5 minutes

Devil's Comet can currently be seen in the night sky for about 5 minutes

Published April 3, 2024 at 7:09 pm / © Thomas Kaiser

It's a comet that's currently causing astronomers to jump with joy. 12P/Pons-Brooks can currently be seen in the evening and night skies, and only “landes” every 71 years.

from Philip Plattner

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It won't happen again until 2095, so take advantage now to see the comet called 12P/Pons-Brooks, which is currently visible in the evening and night skies. It is also known as the “Devil's Comet” because of its green “horns.” These explosions occur when it passes near or comes close to the Sun, and the comet itself then produces explosions that look, with a little imagination, like devil's horns. The comet is approximately the size of Vienna and can be particularly visible as it approaches the sun.

It can be clearly seen in the early evening

You can spot it, especially in dark areas, until April 11. After that it can no longer be seen from the Northern Hemisphere. If you want to see it, it is not wrong to have binoculars with you. It is difficult to see with the naked eye. The comet is very low in the sky and can be seen to the west and northwest. You should be looking in this direction, especially during the first 90 minutes after sunset, and then you should be able to see the comet particularly well, according to reports. Comet expert and head of the Martinsburg Astronomical Center (Lower Austria), Michael Jägeroppa.

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It was discovered more than 200 years ago

Incidentally, the comet was discovered more than 200 years ago in July 1812 by Jean-Louis Pons at the observatory in Marseille. Then William R. Brooks discovered it in 1883. “12P/Pons-Brooks” was eventually named after the two men.