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Australia: ‘Devil comet’ set to be visible this month

‘Devil comet’ is set to be visible in Australian skies for the first time in 70 years this month.

The comet will be visible in Australia for a short period in the early hours of April 22.

It will be larger than Mount Everest and will appear as a green, fuzzy dot.

The best time to see the comet will be before sunrise, Australian National University astrophysicist Brad Tucker told budding astronomers.

Comets are cosmic snowballs of frozen gases, rock, and dust that orbit the Sun.

It becomes more visible and brighter as it gets closer to the sun, due to the increased release of gas from its surface.

Once it will be visible with the naked eye from skies, the ones with binoculars will experience it more.

For those with more developed telescopes will have the opportunity to observe the comet over the weeks following its initial visibility.

Comet has been visible since mid-March in the Northern Hemisphere but not in Southern Hemisphere due to its position below the horizon.

Comet 12/P Pons-Brooks, earned the nickname ‘Devil’ or ‘Mother of Dragons’ due to its horned tail.


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