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A Bright Green Comet Will Blaze Across The Sky Today — Here’s How To See The “Once-In-A-Lifetime” Sight!

Close up view of a green comet flying through space

After decades of spending time in our neighboring galaxy, this green comet is making a stop past Earth once more! The last time comet 12P/Pons Brooks made an appearance was 71 years ago. Much has changed since then, including the comet itself. Ever since July 2023, it’s been erupting more frequently. When this happens, clouds of ice and gas burst out, creating quite a spectacular view.

In fact, one of these eruptions led to the formation of a cloud that resembled horns, earning it the nickname devil comet. Although this unique horn appearance seems to be gone now, the origin of the nickname “green comet” is part of the reason why scientists are so excited about it.

Because of an increase in dicarbon levels in its coma and tail, it has developed a green glow, making it especially spectacular! Although it will be most visible on June 2, we’ve already gotten some pretty amazing glimpses. In fact, you can watch this rare event in a livestream by the Virtual Telescope Project.

This once-in-a-lifetime livestream is taking place all the way in Italy. The next viewing will begin today at 2:30 PM ET.

Watch This Rare Green Comet Whirl Past Earth in the Livestream Below

Most often, Comet 12P/Pons Brooks spends time in the Andromeda galaxy. Although this neighboring galaxy is sometimes visible to the naked eye, and this comet is exceptionally large at 10.5 miles wide, you’ll still need a telescope or binoculars to get a good view in person.

Considering the fact that, once this green comet goes away it won’t be back for another 71 years, it’s worth the time to check it out!

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