New comet found in space, will look like the brightest star, know when it is expected to appear

Science News Desk –Astronomers have discovered a new comet named C/2023 A3 (Suchinshan-Atlas), which could possibly prove to be the next year’s big discovery. There is still a delay of more than 18 months for the comet to approach Earth and the Sun. Although there is already a discussion going on on social media about Comet Suchinshan-Atlas. Optimistic articles are being written about how this could be a spectacular sight. What is the full story of this new icy route? Every year many new comets are discovered which orbit the Sun. Most people are desperate to see it with their own eyes without any help. There is probably one comet every year that can be seen with the unaided eye.

Occasionally a very bright comet will also be visible. Comets are short-lived and fleeting things of beauty, so it’s always exciting to spot them. Comet C/2023 A3 (Suchinshan-Atlas) certainly fits the bill. Astronomers at the Purple Mountain Observatory and the Asteroid Terrestrial-Impact Final Warning System in China independently discovered the comet, which currently lies between the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn, a billion kilometers from Earth. It is moving inward, moving into an orbit that will bring it within 59 million kilometers of the Sun in September 2024. The comet is still very far away, but this fact alone has astronomers excited.

According to the information received, it is doing a parikrama which is going to make it really spectacular. The specialty of this comet is that it is following a path through the solar system. As comets get closer to the Sun, they heat up and their icy surfaces begin to melt (change from solid to gas). Bursting from the comet’s surface, this gas moves with the dust and its center is surrounded by a huge cloud of gas and dust called ‘coma’. The coma is then pushed away from the Sun by the solar wind, resulting in a tail perpendicular to the Sun, indicating its distance from the Sun.

The closer a comet is to the Sun, the hotter its surface and the more active it is. Suchinshan-Atlas certainly fits all these parameters. But it appears to have a massive core, which makes it extremely luminous, which is very likely to collide with our star. It will pass almost directly between the Earth and the Sun. The closer a comet comes to Earth, the brighter it appears to us.

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