A comet significantly larger than Mount Everest, known by its moniker “Devil Comet,” is on a trajectory towards Earth. Its official designation is 12P/Pons–Brooks, and it is a periodic comet with a 71-year orbit. Throughout this year, it has been a dynamic presence in the night sky. The comet is characterized by periodic outbursts occurring every 15 days, which results in the expulsion of ice and gas due to internal pressures. These frequent outbursts contribute to its distinctive and uneven silhouette, sometimes likened to devil horns.There are indications from scientists that the Devil Comet may be approaching a critical explosive event. The last significant event of this nature was recorded on December 15.
Historically, it has undergone only three such events: its inaugural eruption in recent cycles occurring on July 20, which was the first in 69 years, followed by subsequent events on October 5, and again on October 31. With the Devil Comet’s approach, its next closest pass by the sun, or perihelion, is anticipated to be on April 21, 2024. Enthusiasts and sky watchers can expect the comet to be visible without the need for telescopes during its nearest approach to Earth, which is expected to occur on June 2, 2024.