“Once-in-a-lifetime” devil comet will be easily visible this month

Skywatchers are in for a rare treat this month as a comet larger than Mount Everest, officially named Comet 12P/Pons–Brooks, makes its way across the night sky.

The comet, which has been likened to the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars due to its distinctive "horns" visible in photographs, has already captivated amateur astronomers with their specialist telescopes.

However, it's anticipated to soon be visible without the need for any equipment.

To catch a glimpse of Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks, observers should direct their gaze westward after nightfall, locating the Great Square of Pegasus - a constellation marked by four stars of almost equal brightness.

Over the coming weeks, the comet will journey from this constellation towards Aries the Ram, identifiable by its loose V-shape.

This comet orbits the sun every 71 years, meaning its appearance from Earth is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many.

Its closest approach to the sun, at a distance of 72.5 million miles (116.8 million km), is expected on April 21, followed by a near pass of Earth at 144 million miles (232 million km) on June 2.

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