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.
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.
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.