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Strange horned 'devil comet' to make closest approach in 71 years

By T.K. Randall
June 2, 2024 · Comment icon 1 comment
Devil Comet.
The comet has a very unusual shape. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Juan lacruz
One of the most unusual comets in the solar system is due to make its closest approach of the Earth today.
As far as astronomical nicknames go, "devil comet" is at least quite apt given that this curious object happens to resemble a large pair of devil horns careening endlessly through space.

It was officially discovered back in 1812 by French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons and then confirmed several decades later by astronomer William Robert Brooks when it reappeared in 1883.

This cycle of approaching our planet every 71 years or so has continued ever since and today it is due to make its closest approach once again - venturing within 143 million miles of the Earth.
The best time to observe it will be around 8:00pm - 9:30pm (EDT) in the western sky, although it is expected to be quite challenging to see.

Astronomers will be particularly keen to get a close-up view of this strange horned visitor.

Those concerned that the comet could impact the Earth, however, needn't worry - despite its ominous appearance, there is no chance whatsoever that the "devil's comet" will collide with our planet.

Source: Daily Galaxy | Comments (1)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by GlitterRose 10 days ago
Of course it is. The signs are all there em! Lol.

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