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Mother Of Dragons Comet

Mother Of Dragons Comet:

A rare, formerly-horned comet that astronomers have dubbed the “Mother of Dragons” is now visible after dusk in the Northern Hemisphere.

  • Mother of Dragons comet is officially known as Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks.
  • It is a ‘Halley-type’ comet with an orbital period of roughly 71 years and a nucleus approximately 30 km wide.
  • It is composed of ice, dust and rocky material. When it approaches the Sun, heat causes the ice inside the comet to turn from solid to gas.
  • It is classified as a Jupiter-family comet, meaning its orbit is influenced by Jupiter’s gravitational pull.
  • It typically reaches perihelion (closest approach to the Sun) around the orbit of Mars and can become visible to observers on Earth during its close approach.
  • Its closest approach to Earth will occur in June 2024.