Comet atlas, a rare kind of comet with its developed tail is coming to visit our solar system after 5500 years will be perceptible to the naked eye by the end of this month April. Comet atlas will be visible in the northern hemisphere sky. According to the report of the Forbes, they believe the presence of this bright comet will coincide with the Coronavirus prevalent to its peck.
What do we know about comet atlas?
The Astronomers discover comet Atlas in Hawaii. While working on a latest terrestrial impact system named, ATLAS (Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System), it is identified. Comet Atlas is officially known as C-2019-Y4. Comet is presently visible through telescopic lens and binocular as it travels mainly in the northern part of the hemisphere. Comet Atlas will shine more from the end of April to beginning of May.
People can use telescopic lenses and binocular to see the presence of the Atlas Comet, if they fortunate enough, Comet Atlas will be perceptible by the end of April. According to the report of IHME (Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation), Coronavirus will spread and reach its maximum level by the mid of late April.
A large scale of Astronomers predicts that this Comet Atlas could be the brightest comet over the last 20 years. Some questions are still in the queue regarding its size, nature, speed and many more.
It will look like a giant white snowball; few of them are hoping the celestial body of the Comet Atlas will increase the brightness, which will make a brilliant show in the sky.
This brightness can make it different from the Hale-Bopp comet which had appeared near to the earth in the year 1997. Comets are the dirty snowball, as it will come near to the sun, the heat of the sun will melt some ice of the comet, which match with the primary body object name, nucleus.
At this time if it could able to hold its shape while approaching the sun, then this power will make Atlas Comet brighter than the Venus planet. Planet Venus is the brightest object in the sky at night other than the moon. Recently, Atlas Comet is near to Mars’s orbit and following the same path that was taken by the Great Comet of 1844. The new range of brightening, Atlas Comet, can be visible to the human eye.
According to George McManus, a UK based astronomer; comets tend to start developing a long fluorescent tail to approach sun before it will swing back to the outer space.
“Comets tend to develop long, fluorescent tails as they approach the sun before swinging back out into outer space.
We hope that it will become visible to the naked eye in early April reaching closest approach to earth on May 23.
Coming to within 100 million miles of the earth, very close in astronomical terms, it presents no risk to the earth, but does have the potential to lift people’s spirits as we go through the current crisis.”George McManus explained.
People can predict that it will come to our naked vision at the beginning of April to 23 May while chasing to the earth. He has also added, in terms of astronomical, beginning in the range of 100 million close to the planet. It does not create any risk rather has the capability to increase the people’s mind power, as we all are going through a big crisis.
George, who has an advance 4.5-inch telescope at his East Yorkshire residence, stated that a simple set of binocular could be enough to see this comet. He added, if we see to the northern sky, atlas should be appearing in between plough and Venus.
People can easily find the illumination object at night in the sky, because other than the moon, it will be the big and brightest object in the sky. It can be assumed that it will be visible as Hale-Bopp in 1997, which was spectacular in daylight.
The astronomer does not have the proper composition of Comet Atlas but could be of 90% ice or dust which can make changes in whether. As it gets near to the sun, throws off an illumination tail, at that moment sun’s gravity makes the effects.
George McManus also said:
“Look to the Northern sky. The comet should appear between the Plough and the planet Venus, easily the brightest object in the night sky at the moment other than the moon.
We are hoping it will be as spectacular as Hale-Bopp, which was visible in daylight.”
We don’t know the precise composition of the comet—it could be 90 per cent ice or 90 per cent dust and that could effect whether it throws off a spectacular tail as it gets closer to the sun and the sun’s gravity takes effect.”
This timing of Comet Atlas may surprise different readers because of the long tale of wrong myth, history of misperceptions and misconduct of the comet concept.
These points are baseless, which does not provide any good idea to the people. Everyone should know that this comet is just a beautiful illumination object, which is smaller than dust, ice and gas. It does not have any harmful effects on our global life.
Astronomer Alessandro Marchini, director of the Astronomical Observatory at the University of Siena in Italy, sent the video below on March 21, the day after the death toll from COVID-19 in Italy.