Comet Pons-Brooks Approaching

April 6, 2024 all-day America/Chicago Timezone

Approximately every 71 years, Comet Pons-Brooks, noted for its distinctive shape reminiscent of “devil horns” and sometimes compared to the Millennium Falcon from “Star Wars,” completes its orbit around the sun. As it nears the sun, the comet becomes brighter and develops a tail.

In early April, this comet may be visible to the naked eye in the Northern Hemisphere. Particularly during the total solar eclipse on April 8th, those with a sharp eye and knowledge of its location could potentially spot it even in daylight.

However, by April 21, as the comet reaches its closest point to the sun, it may become more challenging to observe. Following this, as Pons-Brooks moves away from the sun, viewers in the Southern Hemisphere will have their opportunity to observe the comet before it disappears from view, not to return for another seventy years.