Halley’s Comet : Reached The Farthest Point From The Sun
Comet Halley reached the farthest point from the sun recently.
- The comet will reached the farthest point from the sun on December 9, 2023.
- It’ll come closest to the sun again on July 28, 2061.
- Comet Halley is the most famous of all comets.
- A comet is icy and when it comes near the sun it warms and starts releasing gases filled inside it: this is outgassing which creates a tail in a comet.
- A Halley’s comet consists of water and many gases e.g. methane, ammonia, carbon dioxide etc etc.
- As it’s an icy cool rocked structure and its path is also elliptical so as soon as it reaches the soon gases and ice inside it expands and develop into a tail which later appears like a beautiful shooting star from the observation point or from earth.
- The comet is officially called 1P/Halley.
- It was the first comet ever predicted to return.
- It is named after English astronomer Edmond Halley, who examined reports of a comet approaching Earth in 1531, 1607 and 1682.
- He concluded that these three comets were actually the same comet returning over and over again, and predicted that it would return in 1758.
- This comet has been heading away from the sun since its last closest approach in 1986.
- Now it’s reaching the end of its outward journey, due to arrive at its farthest point from our sun on December 9, 2023.
- Helley’s is also known as the short-period comet as its orbit is lasting 200 years or less.