Mother of Dragons' comet

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A rare, formerly-horned comet that astronomers have dubbed the "Mother of Dragons" is now visible after dusk in the Northern Hemisphere.

About Mother of Dragons' Comet

  • It is officially known as Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks.
  • It is a ‘Halley-type’ comet with an orbital period of roughly 71 years and a nucleus approximately 30 km wide.
  • Composition: Itis composed of ice, dust, and rocky material. When it approaches the Sun, heat causes the ice inside the comet to turn from solid to gas.
  • It is classified as a Jupiter-family comet, meaning its orbit is influenced by Jupiter's gravitational pull.
  • It typically reaches perihelion (closest approach to the Sun) around the orbit of Mars and can become visible to observers on Earth during its close approach.
  • Its closest approach to Earth will occur in June 2024.

Key facts about Comets

  • Comets are ancient cosmic icebergs. They are roughly 4.6 billion years old and formed at the same time as the Sun, Earth and the other planets.
  • They are made of dust and ice, which partly goes from solid to gas when the comet is warmed by the Sun.

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Q1:What is Halley's Comet?

It is also known as 1P/Halley, is the most well known comet in the Solar System. As a periodic (or short-term comet) it has an orbital period that is less than 200 years, and has therefore been observed more than once by people here on Earth over the centuries.

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