Friday, September 22, 2023

Everything about Nishimura, the comet that will light the sky green: how and when to see the new space show

On August 12, astronomer Hideo Nishimura discovered comet C/2023 P1. According to the observations made, the celestial body has a magnitude of approximately 8.2, corresponding to the presence of a nucleus of at least 1 kilometer in diameter. It will be the next comet to leave its mark on Earth.

Nishimura will be visible from anywhere on the planet, with greater appreciation in the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, the comet can also be observed before dawn and at a very low temperature before it ceases to be visible in mid-September due to its low elongation.

The comet’s hyperbolic trajectory and the evaporation of its volatile parts leave behind a green light that can be seen more clearly on September 8, 12 and 17. During the days 12 and 17, the Nishimura comet will be closer to the Sun and, although NASA has already warned that its behavior is unpredictable and it could break down or escape into the Oort Cloud, it could be the only time in which you could enjoy of the space show.

To see Nishimura’s passage, it is important to know that his body emits more gas than dust, therefore, his vision may present some complications. Therefore, it is advisable to observe the comet through binoculars or a telescope in a clear sky during sunrise or sunset.


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