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Comet Nishimura

Comet Nishimura:

NASA said that it seems like a good bet that Comet Nishimura could become visible to the naked eye this week

  • Comet Nishimura was discovered in mid-August by amateur astronaut Hideo Nishimura, who used 30-second exposures with a standard digital camera to see it.
  • Since then, the comet, officially called C/2023 P1 Nishimura, has increased in brightness as it went forward on its path in the inner solar system.
  • The comet is angularly near the Sun, so even if it is visible, it will only be able to spot it early before sunrise or late before sunset.
  • The comet is currently located in the constellation Leo.
  • It completes an orbit around the Sun once every 435 years.
  • Comets are cosmic snowballs of frozen gases, rock and dust that orbit the Sun.
  • They are leftovers from the formation of the solar system.
  • Typically, they range from a few kilometres to tens of kilometres wide. But as they orbit closer to the Sun, they spew out gases and dust, which form the tails that they are famous for.