The image highlighted by NASA was taken on Monday (11) in Slovenia, and shows comet C/2023 P1 (Nishimura) shining next to Venus in the sky.
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(Updated 9/12/2023 at 6:14 AM)
Comet C/2023 P1 (Nishimura) shines near Venus in the image highlighted NASA This Monday (11). The photo, taken during dawn, shows different colors in the sky.
The photo was taken in Slovakia, and shows the sky in blue and orange tones as the sun rises on the horizon. You can also see Veľka Hill and the lights of small towns in the area.
On the left side of the picture is Comet Nishimura, which attracts attention with its bright coma and long ionic tail. This Tuesday (12) it will reach the closest point to Earth. After five days, it will reach perihelion, reaching its maximum proximity to the sun.
On the right side is Venus, a planet considered the second brightest object in the night sky. A large part of this is due to the numerous layers of clouds covering it, which are able to reflect 75% to 84% of sunlight.
Comet C/2023 P1 (Nishimura)
The comet was discovered in August by Hideo Nishimura, an amateur astronomer. He was taking pictures of the sky with a digital camera, and as luck would have it, he captured a photo of the comet in the middle of the constellation Gemini, Gemini. This was the third such object he had discovered.
Although not much is known about it yet, it could be Comet Nishimura is an interstellar object. If proven, it will become the third object discovered from outside our system in our space neighborhood.
As it travels through space and approaches Earth, C/2023 P1 (Nishimura) becomes brighter. The bad news is that it starts to become visible on the horizon just before sunrise, which doesn’t help you keep an eye on it.
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