The comet will pass close to Earthreproduction
Posted on 05/10/2021 08:47 PM
Bernardinelli-Bernstein was first discovered in 2014, but only seven years later scientists were able to identify it. At first, astronomers misunderstood it as a dwarf planet, and when it gets close to Earth, experts will be able to take a closer look.
According to NASA, comets are usually about three to five kilometers wide, while Bernardinelli-Bernstein is about 150 kilometers wide.
Despite its size, this huge snowball-like phenomenon made up of ice, dust and some rocky material, is still very far from Earth, which means there is no reason to panic.
According to scientists, a comet can take millions of years to revolve around the sun – while the Earth, for example, takes 365 days and 6 hours. It will only approach Earth on January 21, 2031, however, it will be closer to the Sun.
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