What is devil comet and where is it now?

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This image shows a comet ISON. — Nasa/MSFC/Aaron Kingery
This image shows a comet ISON. — Nasa/MSFC/Aaron Kingery

Deep space is full of mesmerising activities as different celestial events grab the attention of the skygazers, such as solar eclipses and meteor showers. One such similar event is happening right now.

Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks — which is also called a "devil comet" — can be seen right now in the night sky from the Northern Hemisphere as it is continuing to unravel its might.

The devil comet was named because of its appearance after it erupted last year — two distinct tails of ice and gas akin to the shape of devil horns.

It can be currently seen with the help of binoculars but it could be completely visible to the naked eye in the coming month.

According to Nasa website, comets are frozen leftovers from the formation of the solar system composed of dust, rock, and ice and range from a few miles to tens of miles wide.

After coming close to the sun, they start releasing gases and dust creating a bright head that can be much bigger than any planet.

Nasa estimated billions of comets that are likely orbiting our Sun in the Kuiper Belt and even more distant Oort Cloud.

The Nasa website noted that there are 3,910 known comets in the solar system.

The comet 12P/Pons-Brooks was identified by French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons in 1892. The comet takes around 71 years to orbit our sun, making its sight rare.