On September 10, 2018, a large comet of the periodic type Giacobini-Zinner / 21P will fly past the Earth. Famous astronomer from Syzran Samir Shafiki told us what to expect from the meeting of the fierce space traveler and our planet.
The distance between the comet and the planet at the minimum point will be 45 million kilometers. So close, according to Shafiki, Jacobini-Zinner / 21P has not yet come close in the entire history of observations. However, there is no threat of collision.
Samir also said that the comet will be visible to the naked eye in the sky, but binoculars and telescopes should be reserved for those who plan to enjoy admiring the object's movement with high quality. Astronomer advises this weekend to go out of town, where it is best to observe such phenomena.
Giacobini-Zinner / 21P was discovered in 1900 by the French astronomer Michel Giacobini, and 13 years later it was discovered again, only by the German expert Ernst Zinner. The period of circulation of the comet is 6.6 years, and the diameter of its core is 2 kilometers. The fall of such a large cosmic body on Earth will lead to a global catastrophe and numerous victims.