Twin comets head for Earth in a fly-by of the planet this week as scientists gear up for the first to pass Earth on Monday. The second comet will come just a wee bit closer on its fly-by on Tuesday. Depending upon where you live, it may be possible to see the bigger of the two comets with the naked eye on Monday.
It is bad enough folks worry after they hear that one comet is wandering into this neck of the woods, now they have a pair of space rocks hurling toward the planet at super speeds. Not to worry though, NASA has made it very clear that these comets, although closer than any other comets have come to the Earth in the past 250 years, are far enough away and won’t cause any harm.
MSN News reports on March 19, that Michael Kelly from the University of Maryland claims “this is one for the record books,” as two comets coming this close to Earth within a day of each other is unheard of. The bigger of the two comets will pass by Monday and as long as the sky is clear and you are away from the city lights it should be easy to spot. This bigger comet is glowing emerald green!
The comet passing by Earth on Monday is called 252P/LINEAR and it is glowing a bright green color as it puffs out carbon gas. It will be about 3 million miles away from Earth as it passes by, you won’t even feel the wind at that distance! But folks should be able to see the comet using binoculars!
NVO News reports: “NASA has made it clear that the two comets are not going to come too close to our earth or shatter our peaceful existence on planet earth. Nonetheless the comets will come closest to earth compared to any other in more than two centuries.”
Tuesday’s comet is smaller and you will need a telescope to watch P/2016 BA14, which is trailing the emerald green-colored comet. This comet was just discovered few months ago. BA14 and its larger companion “are among the closest comets to pass by Earth in recorded history,” according to University of Maryland’s Matthew Knight.
They will be a safe distance away and with the comet glowing an emerald green, this sounds like something you might want to take a gander at, so when is this happening? At “8:14 a.m. on Monday, comet 252P/LINEAR will pass within 3.3 million miles of Earth, making it the fifth-closest comet to skim by our planet. Then at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, comet P/2016 BA14 will pass within 2.1 million miles of earth.” The experts say “It may even be visible to the unaided eye in southern hemisphere suburbs where light pollution is low.”