By the Earth approaching comet with antihvostom

26.02.2009

By the Earth is approaching a unique comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin), opened by Chinese astronomers in August 2007. February 24th comet with a forked antihvostom and will typically be at a minimum distance from the Earth, and it can be seen with the naked eye.


Previously, astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical predicted that on February 24 glitter comet will reach a magnitude 6, that is, close to the threshold of visibility to the naked eye. However, the comet has exceeded their expectations: to date it has reached a magnitude 5 and continues to grow, reports Cnews.

Comet Lulin is notable for its antihvostom, which became available for observation due to its unique location in the plane of Earth's orbit of the comet. Scientists believe that it was formed from a bunch of dust particles that spread along the orbit of a comet.

Currently Lulin is in the constellation of Libra and is shifted to the Virgin.

Source: newsland.ru

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