A recently discovered comet is approaching Earth, promising a once-in-400-year spectacle.
Astronomers and stargazers worldwide are eagerly anticipating this rare and breathtaking show in the night sky.
Comet C/2023 P1 (Nishimura): Such a strong solar wind. The disconnection event on September 2nd - the spectacular development in a 20-minute animation (RASA 11 QHY600) and 4x80sec red Michael Jäger pic.twitter.com/qf43YqhBbl— Michael Jäger (@Komet123Jager) September 2, 2023
While spotting the comet with the naked eye is challenging, experts recommend using binoculars for the best view.
Here's how to spot it: Wake up early and direct your gaze toward the northeast horizon approximately 90 minutes before sunrise, with a particular focus on a location less than 10 degrees above the horizon near the Leo constellation.
After its swing around the Sun, if it survives the close encounter, it will only be visible from the Southern Hemisphere by the end of September.
This week, you can also spot the comet very near your western horizon just after sunset.
This week is likely your last opportunity to view this rare green comet, as it won't return to Earth's vicinity for another 435 years!