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Apocalyptic buzz: ‘Devil comet,’ larger than Everest, sets sights on earth

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12P/Pons-brooks promises spectacle as scientists monitor close encounter

Prepare for an astronomical spectacle as the ‘Devil Comet,’ a colossal celestial object larger than Mount Everest, hurtles towards Earth. Officially known as 12P/Pons-Brooks, the comet has gained attention due to its distinctive ‘horns,’ believed to be composed of gas and dust. While the ominous moniker may cause some concern, astronomers assure that the comet’s close pass on June 2 is more of a visual treat than a harbinger of doom.

Despite its size, 12P/Pons-Brooks poses no imminent threat, as the vast expanse of space ensures a safe distance during its closest approach. Although it might be visible to the naked eye, the comet will remain one and a half times farther away from Earth than the mirror. NASA has quelled fears by confirming that there are no known asteroids or comets on a collision course with our planet in the foreseeable future.

The cryovolcanic nature of the 10.5-mile-wide comet adds to its mystique, with recent observations revealing a rare green hue and a shadow. Intriguingly, the distinctive horns that contributed to its foreboding nickname seem to have vanished after a recent eruption, leaving the comet with a circular shape.

While the ‘Devil Comet’ captures attention, NASA emphasizes the minimal likelihood of a major collision, providing reassurance in the face of celestial wonders. As scientists continue to monitor this cosmic phenomenon, the looming close encounter promises a captivating celestial event without the specter of catastrophic consequences.

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