The NASA-based solar observatory is White Location Agency offers a unique view of Comet Leonard, rock, dust, and ice running through the solar system.
Comets are usually seen from the outside of the blue, or exactly, from outside the Oort Cloud. This was the case with Comet Leonard, who sat down visual for astronomers in early January this year.
Leonard is here for a good time, but not for long. The eagle stays close to the perihelion, its proximity to the Sun in its orbit, which allows it to perform strikes of light, such as light and grows a tail of dust, dust. It’s very faint, but it has to be visual under the control of rear telescopes or binoculars.
Leonard’s closest approach will take place on January 3, a time that will appear within 56 million miles (90 million miles) from the Sun. The 200-mile-long[3 km]eagle, thought to be unbreakable, will begin a 35,000-year journey back to the outer planets.
The Comet Leonard tour is underway reputation mwa astronomers on Earth, and with telescopes in space, in particular Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory-A (STEREO-A), run by NASA, and Solar River, a joint project of NASA and ESA. All of them are in the business of studying the Sun, but mission observers recently used space-based tools to create stellar observations.
STEREO-A, with its SECCHI / HI-2 telescope, drew a “different picture” of Leonard. Different images are “created by removing a pre-existing frame to highlight the differences between them,” according to at NASA. In this case, the photographic image captured the subtle changes of the comet’s appearance, including the length of its tail.
Solar Orbiter, hosted by Solar Orbiter Heliospheric Imager (SoloHI), filmed Leonard’s video using frames collected between December 17 and 19. When SoloHI collected these images, Leonard was “almost between the Sun and the ark, with air and dust tails pointing to the ark,” explained ESA in words. “At the end of the sequence of the image, our view of both tails is moving smoothly as the viewing area where we see the comet expands, and SoloHI sees the comet side,” the space agency said.
Watching the video, you can see the Milky Way in the background, while Venus and Mercury take their time photobombing at the top right corner (Venus is the brightest of these two objects). Solar Orbiter continued to monitor Leonard until December 22, after which he disappeared from SoloHI’s view.
And now we are waiting to see if Comet Leonard starts to shine or if he is unable to survive on his journey around the Sun. It is not a very interesting rock internal inspection the sun, but we cannot I hope every comet will reflect a bright light. Here I hope to find some of the most exciting in the coming year.