Last few days to watch the Green Comet LINEAR in the night sky, here’s where to look

Get ready to witness another amazing celestial event over the next few days. If you haven’t seen comet LINEAR as yet, then catch the green glow of the comet, which will be in full view for sky watchers in the Northern hemisphere till March 31st. Astronomers are excited because the icy rock from space is glowing 100 times brighter than it did before.

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The Green Comet LINEAR once called 252P will sail into view just before dawn where observers can witness its soft green glow from the Northern hemisphere. The comet is easily visible if you use binoculars and watch for the darkest area of the pre-dawn sky because the moon’s glow might just overshadow the luminosity of the comet.

1 Look out For a Light Greenish Haze

Observers in the southern hemisphere have reported that the comet was visible there also with the naked eye in extreme dark areas. Before you get your expectations too high, this isn’t Haley’s so you won’t be seeing that long tail phenomenon.

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According to Kelly Beatty, the Editor of Sky& Telescope the light of the comet isn’t concentrated in a single point, but instead is spread out in a soft and round glow which is larger than the moon but actually many thousands of times dimmer.

She says,“Sky watchers observing the comet with telescopes may see the greenish haze surrounding it.” The green glow of the comet is thought to be created by the atoms of diatomic carbon which are basically surrounding the comet and fluorescing in the sunlight.

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Look out For a Light Greenish Haze

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2 Comet LINEAR Will Be Close To the Moon on March 30th

The best time to view the comet is 90 minutes before dawn or sunrise. On March 29Th LINEAR’s astronomical position will be in line with Saturn and Mars. On March 31st it will be in line with Saturn and the red star Antares. Antares can be seen in the night sky as a bright red star shining in the constellation Scorpius.

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Observers should go outside at least 90 minutes before sunrise in a dark area and look for the comet between the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpius. Look towards the Moon on March 30th for the moon will be positioned only 3 degrees away from the lower right side of LINEAR.

Comet LINEAR Will Be Close To the Moon on March 30th

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3 Pan STARRS, the Latest Comet Discovered On Mar 22nd Last Week

Except for Sky watchers, not many really know that LINEAR passed close to the earth on March 21st. It was 5.3 million Km away. Now it is receding away from our solar system and hence the intensity of its light will fade. So before its brightness vanishes, get up on your rooftops and watch this phenomenal green glowing comet which was discovered only recently on 7th of April in 2000.

Sky watchers looking for LINEAR were rewarded with an additional treat. The latest celestial discovery was the Comet Pan STARRS discovered by Astronomers last week on March 22nd. Pan Starrs came within 3.5 million km of earth. Both comets are similar and astronomers feel they are fragments of a single celestial body. Both Pan STARRS and LINEAR pass by the Sun every 5 years but LINEAR is visible for a longer duration.

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Pan STARRS, the Latest Comet Discovered On Mar 22nd Last Week

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4 Watch LINEAR Now or Wait for another 5 Years

Comet LINEAR was first discovered on April 7th 2000 by researchers working for the NASA funded Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research program. LINEAR’s core measures a massive 750 feet whereas Pan STARRS was relatively smaller measuring 350 feet.

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If you want to find green Comet LINEAR then this chart will help you if you happen to live in mid northern latitudes. Each symbol is depictive of the comet’s location at 8 hour intervals. To find the comet you need to look for a soft glow in the sky with a small bright center. LINEAR will have no tail. The best time to catch it is an hour and half before sunrise.

Watch LINEAR Now or Wait for another 5 Years

Image Source: www.skyandtelescope.com

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