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When you can see “C / 2021 A1 Leonard”

BerlinIt will remain a unique spectacle: The comet “C / 2021 A1 Leonard”, discovered at the beginning of the year, will fly past Earth next weekend and could become visible in the morning sky. The Star Friends Association announced that it would reach its closest distance on Sunday morning. However, he remains within a “respectable distance” of 34 million kilometers. If the weather and dawn play along, it could be visible to the naked eye on Sunday between six and seven o’clock on the eastern horizon. “This tail star will not make for a bright spectacle,” says the Sternfreunde. But it should be easy to spot with binoculars or a telescope.

“This visit to Comet Leonard is not a bright celestial event, but it will be the only one for us,” said the astronomical friends. After circling the sun in a wide arc, the celestial body will disappear into the vastness of space and never return to the solar system. “C / 2021 A1 Leonard” was the first comet discovered this year on January 3rd. He was spotted by Gregory J. Leonard at the Mount Lemmon Observatory in the US state of Arizona.

Comets are billions of years old and originate from the early days of our solar system. They consist of a mixture of ice, dust and rock. When a comet approaches the sun, its core, usually only a few kilometers in size, begins to evaporate and forms a dense cloud of dust and gas. The comet’s tail emerges later.

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