Thursday, March 23, 2023

Rare Comet Event Passes Earth, Here’s What It Looks Like

JAKARTA The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) spotted a comet crossing the Earth. This natural phenomenon is quite rare, even once in decades.

Comets are members of the Solar System that, like Earth, orbit the Sun. On its way, the comet passes through the outer solar system (outer solar system) into the inner solar system (inner solar system), just crossed the earth.

BRIN researcher Abdul Rachman said that the comet that passed this time was comet C/2017 K2 (PanSTARRS) or K2. The comet is believed to have come from a location in the outer part of the Solar System called the Oort Cloud.

Abdul said in his official statement, “This comet passes closest to Earth at a distance of about 2 times the Sun from Earth. Currently K2 is moving towards its closest distance from the Sun, which is expected to happen in December this year. hopefully.” Tuesday (26/7/2022).

Because it is included in the non-periodic comet group, Abdul continued, K2 does not regularly pass near Earth, like periodic comets. “So it is not known when it will pass by Earth again,” he said.

For information, let us tell you that the initial C of the comet is of non-periodic type. The number 2017 indicates the year it was found, and the combination of letters and numbers K2 indicates the order in which it was found in 2017.

K2 moves over a distance of over 270 million km so it has no effect on Earth. Because it passes far enough away from Earth, which is about 2 times Earth’s distance from the Sun, it has no negative effect.

The appearance of Comet K2 as it gets closest to Earth showing a tail of dust and a tail of gas. The closer to the Sun, the more clearly the tail of the gas will be visible.

“When it passes close to Earth, K2 can only be seen if you use a telescope, especially because it coincides with the full moon. However, as the comet gets closer to the Sun, this telescope Will show up,” he said.

This means that Comet K2 is increasingly visible from Earth on its way to its closest point to the Sun. “All areas on Earth’s surface have the opportunity to see the comet on a clear night,” Abdul said.

Abdul said that K2 observations were carried out at the Operational Office and Science Center in Olnassi village for several days from July 13, 2022. Observations were made every day for several hours.

The collected data was analyzed for research and astrophotography purposes. “For the observation a telescope is used that uses a mirror measuring 25 cm and a CCD detector equipped with several color filters,” he said.

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