Are we about to see a rare green comet light up the sky? An expert explains what to expect from Comet Nishimura

Of all the objects in the solar system, perhaps the most spectacular are the great comets that occasionally grace our skies. If you’ve been using social media in the past few days, you’ve probably seen articles announcing the presence of such a comet in our sky right now: C/2023 P1 (Nishimura).

As I write this, Comet Nishimura is passing by for its first visit in more than 400 years. Japanese astronomer Hideo Nishimura discovered the comet on August 12. Soon after, pre-discovery images of the comet dating back to January were found, allowing astronomers to determine its path.

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