Comet C/12P Pons-Brookes has brightened.

Comet C/12P has brightened and is now within range of many amateur telescopes once the persistent cloud clears. The comet appears as a bright, almost stellar nucleus surrounded by a fuzzy round patch with a dark bite taken out of it. It is a periodic comet and will not return for another 71 years when it finally leaves our skies. Its closest approach to earth will be on 2nd June 2024. It is believed to have been discovered in 1385. Its last visit was picked up on 20th June 1953.

image by Michael O’Brien