Scientists Issue Warning as Massive “Horned” Comet Approaches Earth
Cardiff, Wales – In a startling development, scientists have recently reported the imminent approach of a massive “horned” comet towards Earth. Named 12P/Pons-Brooks, the celestial body is garnering attention due to its massive size, measuring three times bigger than Mount Everest and boasting a diameter of 18.6 miles. This is the second eruption from the comet in the last four months, with the previous event occurring in July.
Experts have revealed that the explosion caused the development of horn-like projections in the coma, or gas cloud, around the comet. The cause of these unique features remains uncertain, but speculation points towards the shape of the comet’s nucleus. Although the phenomenon is intriguing, there is no immediate danger as the comet’s closest approach to Earth is not expected until 2024.
Curiosity about this celestial event is piqued, as this is the second eruption of 12P/Pons-Brooks in 69 years. The comet, which orbits the sun every 71 years, is predicted to become visible from Earth in April 2024, providing an exciting opportunity for stargazers to witness this spectacular display.
“It is incredibly rare to witness the eruption of a comet, let alone its eruption twice within such a short span of time,” remarked Dr. Rhys Morgan, a renowned astrophysicist from Cardiff University. “The fact that 12P/Pons-Brooks is one of only 20 known comets with active ice volcanoes makes it even more captivating. We can only speculate on what these eruptions signify and whether they will continue to occur in the future.”
Insider Wales Sport will continue to monitor developments surrounding this extraordinary celestial event and provide updates as they become available. As April 2024 draws closer, anticipation grows for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the majestic beauty of 12P/Pons-Brooks as it graces Earth’s skies.
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