The Earth is once again surrendering to a new natural phenomenon and this time it is the Green Comet Nishimura, discovered on August 11, 2023 by scientist and amateur astronomer Hideo Nishimura. Since that day, the comet has been a topic of conversation among experts who are waiting for the exact date to be able to see it near Earth. Continue reading this Depor note to find out all the information about this astronomical event.
What is the Green Comet, Nishimura or C/2023 P1?
According to its discoverer, Comet Nishimura comes from the Oort Cloud, a spherical structure made up of millions of icy bodies that envelops the entire solar system. Based on the direction of its orbit, astronomers estimate that its passage could occur within 500 years if it does not lose its properties and change its path or decay.
When can you see the Green Comet Nishimura?
For its part, the US aerospace agency NASA has registered the discovery of comet Nishimura or C/2023 P1 and reported that the also well-known Green Comet can be seen from September 8th to 18th, 2023.
For the first few days, the comet looked like a small star with a greenish tail. However, it will be today, Sunday, September 17, when it comes into contact with the closest point to the Sun.
In addition, scientists’ calculations suggest that the Green Comet will make its closest approach to Earth on September 13th, when it is closest to the Sun, and on the 18th of the same month.
Recommendations for visiting the Green Comet Nishimura
It should be noted that no special technology is required to see the green comet Nishimura. However, since it is very close to the Sun, it will be difficult to see it, but despite all this, some will manage to see it with some difficulty and without any technical aids or special instruments.
Despite the complications, these will be the last real opportunities to see the comet before it is lost in the bright sunlight. “It will come so close to the Sun within the orbit of the planet Mercury that its core could break,” they noted.
Where to see the Green Comet Nishimura
Between Sunday, September 17th and Monday, September 18th, you must look at the horizon one hour before sunrise and one hour before sunset, respectively.
- United States 8:00 p.m
- Canada 8:15 p.m
- Mexico 7:30 p.m
- Spain 9:15 p.m
- Much of Colombia 6:45 p.m
On the south side, it will be a little more difficult to see the comet, but amateurs can use binoculars, telescopes and cameras with special lenses to achieve their goal.
- Argentina 7:30 p.m
- Chile 8:15 p.m
- Peru 6:50 p.m
- Down in Colombia 6:45 p.m