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TechnologyHere’s How to See the Brightest Comet of 2018 This Weekend

18:55  16 december  2018
18:55  16 december  2018 Source:   thrillist.com

Brightest comet of the year will zoom near Earth next week

Brightest comet of the year will zoom near Earth next week Skywatchers will get a special treat next week as the year’s brightest comet flies across the night sky.

Here ’ s another helpful article on how to see the comet , from SkyandTelescope.com. The track of comet 46P/Wirtanen through December 2018 . Numbers mark the dates when the comet will appear at those locations. The chart is set for North America, but Southern Hemisphere observers will see the

Comet 46P/Wirtanen will be visible to the naked eye in December 2018 . Use our interactive night sky map to see exactly when, how , and where to see the brightest comet of the year. A magnitude above 5 means that one will need binoculars or a telescope to see the comet .

Here’s How to See the Brightest Comet of 2018 This Weekend© Erkki Makkonen/Shutterstock

A wild, green-glowing "Christmas comet," will shine brighter on Sunday, December 16 than it will for the next 20 years. It's really nice that all Mariah Carey wants for Christmas is "you," but for the rest of us, the consumer aspect of the holiday is a pretty big deal. This year, whether you have a "you,” or a mom who’s willing to wait on the Supreme line for that variety jacket you want, the universe is offering you a little something special for the holidays (that cannot be found on Amazon): a green-glowing "Christmas comet," that will shine brighter when it passes Earth on Sunday, December 16, than it will for the next 20 years.

Brightest comet of 2018 to make an appearance in mid-December

Brightest comet of 2018 to make an appearance in mid-December The comet 46P/Wirtanen was one of three comets discovered by Carl Wirtanen in 1948 at the Lick Observatory in California. This orbit will be one of the closest comet orbits to Earth since the 1950s, according to Space.com. Comets are "loosely bound masses of ice, dust and rock." The central core of the structure is often only a few miles across. These cosmic phenoms usually have tails that are a result of the dust and gases that are spewed when comets heat up as they near the sun. Currently, NASA reports that there are 3,535 known comets.

The comet should be brightest on December 16, as bright as the star in the constellation of the Little Dipper’ s handle, according to NASA. “Look towards the east with a small pair of binoculars or a telescope to see the green, fuzzy comet . It will be near the constellation Orion, or the saucepan

Bright Comets of 2018 . 2018 produces three comets within the range of binocular viewing, two of them short period comets and one Halley type comet . Both of the short period comets have the potential to enter the realms of naked eye visibility.

According to Astronomy database, Sky & Telescope, the shooting space rock spans 1.2-kilometers (about three quarters of a mile) in width, and it'll pass by Earth from a mere 7.5 million miles away. Seven and a half million may sound like a lot, but it's actually about 30 times the distance between the Earth and the moon, and if you recall, you can see the moon. Like, pretty clearly. This is about as close as comets will ever get to our stratosphere, so naturally, the views will be great.

For us plebes without specialty telescopes, most comets aren't actually visible at all -- but because this Grinch-comet is passing so close to Earth, it's a special case. It'll be completely visible to the naked eye. According to NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day, Comet 46P/Wirtanen has already been declared the sky's brightest comet at this point in time, so it's clearly one to get outside and see for yourself.

What Is the Geminid Meteor Shower?

What Is the Geminid Meteor Shower? The celestial event is caused by a stream of cosmic debris falling toward Earth at incredible speeds.

A bright -green comet is making an appearance in the night sky this month. Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner is now visible with binoculars and telescopes. Depending on how dark and clear the sky is in your location, the faintest stars and other celestial objects we can see without the aid of telescopes or

Look into the night sky on Sunday and you just might see a bright , fuzzy ball with a greenish-gray tint. That’ s because a comet that orbits between Jupiter and the sun will make its closest approach to Earth in centuries, right on the heels of this year’ s most stunning meteor shower.

What is the Christmas Comet?

This odd Green Goblin-esque space rock is something called a short-period comet, which means that it orbits the sun every five and a half years. It's referred to by astronomers as 46P/Wirtanen, and it was first discovered in 1948 by Carl Wirtanen at the Lick Observatory just outside of San Jose, California.

Our little 46P friend is not predicted to make an appearance this bright, or this close, for the next 20 years.

When will the Christmas Comet peak?

You're hands-down optimal viewing window will fall on December 16, when the comet is at its closest and brightest. There's no designated time -- though, of course, it won't be easy to spot during daylight hours. Come nightfall, however, the thing should be glowing green and proud, no matter your viewing location.

If you're dead-set on viewing the thing on Christmas for personal, holiday-related reasons, your best bet is to try December 23 -- that's the closest you'll get. By then, 46P/Wirtanen will be far higher in the sky, recognizable for its proximity to a crazy bright star called Capella. If you happen to have a telescope lying around, you might wanna give that a shot.

The year's brightest comet streaks by Earth this weekend

The year's brightest comet streaks by Earth this weekend The night sky will come alive this weekend when a green comet streaks by Earth on the heels of the Geminid meteor shower's display of green fireballs. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Comet 46P/Wirtanen began brightening in November, but it will make its closest approach to Earth on Sunday and be visible with the naked eye. The comet will come within 7 million miles of Earth -- a proximity that won't happen again for 20 years. That's 30 times the moon's distance from us.

Comets are one of those kinds of objects, and in a new blog post NASA shows off some lovely (if a bit blurry) images of the brightest comet of 2018 . The visible light image (above) makes the comet itself somewhat difficult to see , but it’ s there tucked away within the brightest central region of the

Here are some tips on how to see it: The sky needs to be clear and any artificial light will decrease your ability to see it. If skies are cloudy on the evening of the 16th (as they’re predicted to be in Massachusetts), plan for any clear night this week , throughout which the comet might still be visible

How do I actually see the comet?

Looking for anything in the night sky is a pretty daunting task. There's a lot of stuff up there. When it comes to tracking down the glorious 46P/Wirtanen, astronomers suggest using an app like Sky Guide to help you locate its exact positioning, relative to the moon (which is particularly bright in December).

If you're not committed enough to bother with the whole app ordeal, you can actually locate the thing in relation to the constellation Orion's Belt. If you find the three famed stars that make up the classic constellation in the southeastern sky, you can follow the ark from lowest to highest star with your eyes, then look ever-so-slightly upward, where you'll see a remarkably bright, faintly red star, just free floating up there, with no constellation to belong to (this is called Aldebaran in Taurus). Look a little higher, and you'll see a star cluster best known as the Seven Sisters (formally referred to as the Pleiades star cluster), and your 46P/Wirtanen should fall just a little lower, and to the left.

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