By the Earth approaching comet C-2002 T7

17.02.2004

17.02.2004


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By the Earth approaching comet C/2002 T7 (LINEAR) and its brightness is now the star of the 7th magnitude.
That is, it is not visible to the naked eye (in the clear night with the naked eye you can see the star up to 6 th magnitude), but in small amateur telescopes it is already visible. It can be found in the western sky soon after sunset, slightly to the right of Venus, which appears in the sky as a very bright star.
Over the next three months, the comet as it approaches the Earth will become brighter and brighter. May 19 is expected to pass the minimum distance from the earth, which will be about 40 million km. Then the comet C/2002 T7 will glow brighter the stars of the first magnitude, and it can easily be seen with the naked eye. However, by that time, the comet will move to the southern hemisphere of the sky, and we, the inhabitants of the northern hemisphere, it will not be seen at all. Will carry only the "antipodes".

 

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