On May 7, the comet reaches the nearest point on Earth's journey at a distance of approximately 48 million kilometers. However, the most spectacular spectacle presents itself to the observer from the 12th to the 16th of May: On the western horizon the comet will line up after sunset with the four bright planets Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter? an optimal opportunity for stargazers to observe the different manifestations of the spherical planets and the rather diffuse and irregular appearing comet.
The second comet C / 2002 T7 LINEAR was discovered by astronomers from the Earthquake Asteroid Research Program of the Lincoln Laboratory (LINEAR) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on October 29, 2002. He is slightly darker than his colleague C / 2001 Q4 NEAT from the end of April to be seen just above dawn just above dawn. LINEAR is then outshone by the bright sunlight on his way, so that he will not be visible for several weeks. Finally, the comet reappeared at the end of May, clearly less visible and this time in the evening sky.
Both comets come from the so-called Oort cloud, a huge cluster of celestial bodies that surrounds the sun at a distance of about one and a half light-years. Astronomers estimate that it is the first trip through our solar system for both. Your recommendation for the observation of comets: a low horizon, little stray light of cities and clear view. It would be best, first with the help of a pair of binoculars to search for the blurred layer around the cometary nucleus and the tail and then to fix the phenomenon with the naked eye. However, the twilight of morning or evening twilight may interfere with the observation, which accompanies its appearance in the sky due to the large solar proximity of both comets. displayddp / bdw? Ilka Lehnen-Beyel