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He's been here before: Extremely bright comet is hurtling towards Earth again


A newly discovered comet is coming close to Earth: the celestial body will probably shine so brightly in October 2024 that it can be seen with the naked eye.

A newly discovered comet is coming close to Earth: the celestial body will probably shine so brightly in October 2024 that it can be seen with the naked eye.

Munich – It's not the first time it's flying towards Earth: an extremely bright comet is said to be approaching our planet, as it did 80,000 years ago.

Astronomers have calculated the celestial body's trajectory, data from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center suggests.

However, it is unclear whether this will actually happen: the behavior of comets is hardly predictable.

Comet C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan ATLAS) path for 2024 ☄️

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How bright will the comet "Tsuchinshan-ATLAS" be?

Does he shine like Venus?

The comet is named C/2023 A3 (or Tsuchinshan ATLAS, after its place of discovery) and is traveling towards us at about 290 kilometers per hour.

The comet will come closest to our earth in October 2024, but a collision is not predicted.

He probably flies past us at a distance of 70.5 million kilometers.

But it should still be light due to Tsuchinshan-ATLAS.

For comparison, Comet ZTF, also a very bright celestial body, flew by Earth recently, and Tsuchinshan ATLAS is said to be about 100 times brighter,

Business Insider

writes .

It will radiate something like the planet Venus.

So it could be visible to the naked eye.


C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan ATLAS)


long-period comet


January 9, 2023, ATLAS telescope in South Africa

closest approach to the sun (perihelion):

September 28, 2024

shortest distance to the sun:

58 million kilometers

Closest Approach to Earth:

October 13, 2024

shortest distance to earth:

70.5 million kilometers


Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) can be seen in the night sky in January and February 2023.

Tsuchinshan-ATLAS could shine much brighter again.

© IMAGO/La Nacion/ZUMA Press/Tizoc Suarez

However, it is not yet certain that the Tsuchinshan ATLAS is actually as close to the earth as calculated.

There are still a number of obstacles ahead of him on his long journey.

For example, the comet - a ball of gas, ice and dust - has to survive the flight next to our sun.

According to the calculations, this should happen, because Tsuchinshan-ATLAS is large enough and should pass our fixed star at a sufficient distance, more precisely 57 million kilometers away.

According to,

it won't be until July 2024 that we can better assess whether Tsuchinshan-ATLAS really promises a big light show.


List of rubrics: © IMAGO/Kyodo News

Source: merkur

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