Comet Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresaka approaches the Earth

March 30 from the Earth in the near-zenith part of the sky, you can see with the help of binoculars approaching a comet, and on April 5, 2017 an enormous comet will fly at a minimum distance of 22 million km from the Earth and reach a brightness of 6m. On April 13, the comet will fly to the minimum distance to the Sun and reach its maximum brightness.

In 2017, the comet is observed in the eleventh appearance after the discovery. 19 comet appearances were skipped. Mostly these were appearances in the second half of the 19th century and in the first half of the 20th century, as well as appearances in 1984 and 2011.

Comet Tuttle – Jacobini – Kresaka is interesting with its strong flashes. In 1973, after the outbreak, it became ten times brighter than it was, becoming accessible to the unaided eye. However, on June 22, the brightness of the comet fell to 12m. In December 2000, after the outbreak, it became 3 star magnitude brighter, reaching the mark. 8.7m.