Comet Leonard: Remember its name, because it will be spoken until December and the beginning of 2022. Discovered a year ago, it promises to be the comet of the year! How, when and where should this be noticed?
On December 13, C / 2021 A1 will be as close as possible to our planet, which is 35 million kilometers away. Six days later, on December 18-19, it will return Welcome to its surroundings, this time we can talk about touching it because it only passes 4 million kilometers from its surface! We did not dare to imagine the view from there.
Then the comet will continue on its way, His point Very close to the sun. It is exactly one year since it was discovered on January 3, 2022 Gregory J. Leonard – who naturally gave it its name – at the Mount Lemon Laboratory. C / 2021 A1 is about 92 million kilometers from our star (60% of the average Earth-Sun distance), which is a lot, and reduces the risk of its complete collapse. However, depending on the degree of snow and dust buildup at its center, it is always at risk of breaking during its voyage through the warmer part of the country. . We hope this does not happen so that one can make more use of the scene he visited in the evening sky.
Hello C / 2021 A1 Leonard 2021 Nov. 30 UT 3.30 7×3 min 8 “RASA Nikon Z6mod
Figure 2, Zeiss-Milvus f-135 / 2.8 4x4min Nikon Z50mod Michael Jäger pic.twitter.com/5IoPyqBCfZ
– Michael Jagger (Komet123Jager) November 30, 2021
The Leonard comet may reach 4 on the Richter scale
Currently, scholars, including experienced amateur astronomers, argue that the comet Leonard can reach5, or even 4, which will be visible to the naked eye on December 12th. However, because it is so And there is no such thing as a star or a planet at the right time, you need to distinguish it and double your focus. Also, we strongly advise you to arm yourself with a telescope to enjoy it. Or, of course, a If you have one (or someone). After that you can enjoy the beauty of its centerpiece , Its hair and scars scattered across the planetary space opposite the sun.
For weeks now, the comet has been followed by many amateur astronomers around the world Leonard meets comets on December 3 to meet and enjoy with all interested parties Messier 3 ( ), In the Bouvier constellation (Boats) Apparently, M3 is 35,000 light years away from us and the comet.Photos of their hunt. Among the most beautiful and spectacular C / 2021 A1 galaxies displayed in front of, located in the background, millions Of the earth. In this regard, we will point out the site
Warning to everyone! Comet Leonard is back on track after the moonlight disappears!
In the very dark sky today it may enter the naked eye range! Wait for the comet for the next few nights ???? pic.twitter.com/xqJbs60ldx
– C / 2021 A1 (Comet Leonard) (Comet2021a1) December 1, 2021
The Leonard comet is visible at the end of the night and then at the beginning of the night
In early December, the comet Leonard appears high in the sky in the second half of the night, Passes de Chasse au Bouvier, then Southeast. Its speed (254,000 km / h) made the spacecraft travel with great progress in relation to the “fixed” stars (which seem to us to be stationary). At night, the star loses altitude in the sky and approaches the horizon as it advances towards Earth. On December 9, he enters the constellation Cerpentarius and disappears from the sky at dawn on December 13. December 14. Then she will be in front . Above the southwest horizon, you should look for it in the light of the setting sun.
On the evening of December 16, you can enjoy it in front of Sagittarius. On December 17th and 18th, near the glow . Opportunity to remember these beautiful garlands With will be enhanced by the alignment of our neighbors And . Also included , Very beautiful rain The comet is the peak activity of the year corresponding to the night at the shortest distance from Earth.
So, I can not recommend enough of you to go out and enjoy these beautiful sky shows in the heart of the longest nights of the year. By turning , To enjoy all the stuff that fills the darkness. Comet Leonard is undoubtedly the comet of the year, and if its brightness continues to increase as advertised, you will have to wait 35,000 years to see it again if you miss it (according to its estimates). ), As always, at