Comet Leonard lights up Jordan's sky this month

(Photo: Petra)
AMMAN —The new Comet, C/2021 A1 (Leonard), was observed in the Kingdom’s sky on Monday and Tuesday this week in Wadi Rum, about one hour and half before sunrise, according to of the Wadi Rum Observatory's astronomer Imad Mujahed .اضافة اعلان

Speaking to Jordan News agency, Petra on Thursday. Mujahed indicated that astronomer Gregory J. Leonard, a senior research specialist, discovered the comet, that now bears his name, at the beginning of this year, noting that the new comet has been approaching both the Sun and Earth and will reach the closest distance from the sun on January, 3, 2022.

He added that the comet will rise out of the ordinary to reach its nearest point from Earth on December, 12, 2021, at a distance of 14,000,000 km, moving away after that to return again after about 35,000 years, according to astronomical studies.

According to Mujahed, Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard), will increase in brightness in December and it can be seen by unaided eye during the current month's clear and dark nights, adding that it can be observed more clearly by telescopes.

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