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Comets are space objects that most often move in elongated orbits. We can see them when they are close to the Sun, because comets heat up and release gases. Under the influence of the solar wind they get a tail, and then they are nicely seen in the sky. They can intersect the plane of the ecliptic at any angle. The basic body is a core, a mixture of frozen ice and dust. Around the nucleus it develops, which together with the nucleus forms the head of the object. Many people in the world think is comet a rare celestial phenomenon. They make this conclusion based on observing the object with the naked eye. The appearance of objects seen with the naked eye does not happen often, but objects are around us and more than many people think. Of course, you need binoculars or a telescope to observe them.


We recently had high expectations of the Atlas Comet, but unfortunately it fell apart just in the days when we were expecting a great celestial spectacle. However, astronomers with telescope equipment have beautiful objects to track almost every night. Rafa Ferrando made a great Comet 2017 T2 (Panstarrs) video. With an apparent magnitude of 9.1 – you can easily see this object with an average telescope. These days, Comet 2017 T2 is seen below the star Phecda in the constellation Ursa Major. The period of the object is orbit is 232 years, and its speed in relation to the Sun is approximately 32,000 km/s. The object is 1.71 AU away from the Sun – and the closest to the Sun will be 1.615 AU. photo – José J. Chambó

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