Last chance to see Comet Nishimura

Comet Nishimura, also known as C/2023 P1, is a comet discovered on August 11, 2023 by Japanese astronomer Hideo Nishimura. Its origin is interstellar, meaning it comes from a region outside our solar system.

Comet Nishimura reached its perihelion, the closest point to the Sun, on September 12, 2023. At that time, it was about 100 million kilometers from the Sun. The comet is visible to the naked eye from Earth and can be seen in the western sky after sunset.

Its core reaches about 10 kilometers in diameter and its tail is green due to the presence of carbon disulfide molecules.

We are facing an unusual astronomical event since it is the first interstellar comet that has been discovered in decades. The comet is visible from Earth until September 22, 2023.

Features of Comet Nishimura

  • Discovery: August 11, 2023
  • Origin: interstellar
  • Perihelion: September 12, 2023
  • Distance to the Sun at perihelion: 100 million kilometers
  • Magnitude: 7 to 8
  • Tail: green
  • Orbital period: 430 years

Visibility of the comet from Earth

Comet Nishimura is visible to the naked eye from Earth. It can be seen in the western sky after sunset.

The best time to see it was Sunday, September 17, 2023. At that time, the comet was at its brightest.

Comet Nishimura will remain visible from Earth until September 22, 2023. However, its brightness will gradually decrease.

How to see it?

To see Comet Nishimura, look for a place with dark skies. The comet is most visible after sunset, when the sky is dark. It can be found in the constellation Leo. Look west after sunset and look for a bright object with a green tail.

Tips for seeing Comet Nishimura

  • Find a place with dark skies.
  • Look west after sunset.
  • Use binoculars or a telescope to get a better view.
  • It can be found in the constellation Leo.

Attention! It will be visible from Earth until September 22, 2023.

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