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NASA Comet Watch: Celestial Body Likely To Enter Earth's Orbit In February

By Donna Marie Lapena Padua , Jan 05, 2017 12:48 PM EST
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The NASA comet watch will start next week as the scientists of the agency recently discovered two entities traversing a path that might lead to Earth. One of which is said to be a comet and the other seemingly a pack of asteroids. Reports also claim that the bodies, if they will fall into Earth's orbit, might pass the planet sometime in February.

NASA's Neo agency recently detected a rare comet named as U1 NEOWISE seemingly approaching the Earth. The said comet reportedly can be seen this week and will be visible with the naked eyes. Following this, the NEO manager, Paul Chodas says, as noted by NASA: "Comet C/2016 U1 NEOWISE has a very good chance of becoming visible. You can watch the comet through a pair of binocular. Although, the brightness of the comet can't be detected since comets have a brightness which fluctuates extremely."

The comet U1 NEOWISE reportedly will travel from the Northern hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere. The comet will then be visible in the Southern Hemisphere but in only a short period of time, specifically during dawn. It will travel across the Earth moving southwards until it will reach a spot nearer to the Sun. The NASA comet watch program is predicting the comet to enter Mercury's orbit by Jan. 14.

According to Stuff.co.nz, mysterious celestial bodies dubbed as 2016 WF9 were discovered near the orbit of the Earth in November of 2016. The celestial bodies are reportedly entering the orbit of the Earth on Feb. 25, 2017. However, NASA is reportedly trying to direct these celestial bodies to the outer solar system.

The NEOWISE project has already discovered over 34,000 asteroids during its initial mission until it was brought out of hibernation to track comets and asteroids that might possible pose a threat to the planet Earth. The NASA comet watch is the latest discovery of NEOWISE but was deemed by the scientists of the agency a non-threatening celestial body.

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