Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – A comet that was just discovered in the middle of this month will be visible on September 12. The Bosscha Observatory said this comet could be seen without aids.
Bosscha explained that a comet named Nishimura will be at its closest distance to the Sun on September 17, 2023. However, to see it more clearly, it is September 12, 2023.
“C/2023 P1 (Nishimura) will reach perihelion or its closest point to the Sun on September 17, 2023. At perihelion, this comet will be very difficult to observe because it is only 12 degrees in the sky from the Sun,” Bosscha explained in an upload on their account. Instagram, quoted Friday (25/8/2023).
“The best time to observe Comet Nishimura is on September 12 a few hours before dawn. At this time, Comet Nishimura is in the constellation Leo with a magnitude of 4.6, bright enough to be observed with the unaided eye.”
The comet is named after its discoverer, Japanese amateur astronomer Hideo Nishimura. Hideo found the object on August 11, 2023.
This finding is quite unique. Because, according to NASA, Hideo managed to find the comet with a standard digital camera.
Images of Nishimura’s comet have also been captured in photographs a few days ago. The photo was taken from June Lake, California United States (US).
NASA describes Nishimura’s form as having a thin tail. In addition, comets also appear with green commas.
According to the official website of the United States Space Agency (US), Nishimura’s brightness has continued to increase since its discovery. The trajectory as it passes through the Solar System has also been successfully mapped.
NASA explained that the comet will also continue to grow as the object approaches the sun.
Because it is close to the sun, the best time to see it is at sunset or sunrise. A very close distance to the Sun will make the nucleus rupture.
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