‘Devil’s Comet’ will be visible during the solar eclipse in April

In April stargazers will have the opportunity to see a rare solar eclipse and the ‘Devil’s Comet’, which visits the inner Solar System only once every 71 years. While it will be closest to Earth in June, it will be brightest and easiest to see on April 21.

The comet will be best seen from a location with clear, dark skies and will coincide with a solar eclipse on April 8. The ‘Devil Comet’ will be best visible using binoculars or a telescope, and will be more apparent if you don’t have one, if there is no light pollution and if the weather is really mild, according to Dr. Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society. If the weather is clear, the moon will be visible in the sky.

The comet is so named for its pointed, horn-shaped appearance, consisting of a tail of ice that melts and releases gas as it passes near the Sun.

The build-up of pressure in a cryovolcanic comet causes dust and gas to explode, giving it a horny appearance, while diatomic carbon gives it a green glow.