An animated video shows a giant comet coming very close to Earth and then moving towards the moon.
A giant comet C / 2017 K2 could come close to Earth this month on July 14, 2022. The comet was first discovered in 2017 by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope hitting somewhere between Saturn and Uranus. It is now approaching Earth and the inner solar system at a distance of about 270 million kilometers. Although it poses no threat to our planet, an animated video released last week by expert Hagegreart showed the comet approaching our planet and then pulling towards the moon and affecting it with full force. However, nothing can be said for sure yet.
Meanwhile, skywatchers will be able to see comets using a small telescope. The C / 2017 K2 (PanSTARRS) has traveled from the Ort Cloud to the inner solar system and will be so active and bright that it can be detected from Earth. The comet relies on the energy of the sun to heat the gas. Here’s what you need to know about Oort Cloud and how to find Comet C / 2017 K2 from Earth.
What is Ort Cloud?
According to NASA, the Ort Cloud is the most remote region of our solar system with a large number of comets. It is a huge round shell made up of ice fragments from space debris that is the size of a mountain and sometimes even larger. Therefore, it is quite surprising that Comet C / 2017 K2 has been active for so long even after passing through the Wort Cloud.
How to view comet C / 2017 K2 (PanSTARRS)?
Skywatchers can see a faint patch of light around the nucleus of C / 2017 K2 from Earth using a telescope. In the northern hemisphere, it will be visible until September 2022, after which it is likely to move to the southwestern horizon of the hemisphere.
Meanwhile, another giant comet C / 2014 UN271, is moving from the Ort Cloud to Earth and our inner solar system.