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Jacques comet. Mounts and kites

Jacques comet. Mounts and kites

Comet Jacques was discovered on March 13, 2014 by Brazilian astronomers Cristóvão Jacques Lage de Faria, Eduardo Pimentel and João Ribeiro de Barros. Its technical name is comet C / 2014 E2, and its maximum approach to Earth took place in September 2014. At that time it could be observed in the constellation of the Swan.

The passage of comet Jacques through the perihelion, the point of its orbit closest to the Sun, failed to disintegrate the comet. This decisive moment occurred between the end of June and the beginning of July 2014. Despite the intense brightness of the comet Jacques, and its long tail, at no time could it be seen with the naked eye. Yes it could be seen with a simple technical help, such as binoculars or a telescope for amateurs.

This is the last time Jacques was seen, and the only one, since it has a long or hyperbolic orbit. Comets with hyperbolic orbits only pass once near the Sun, as our star throws them out of the Solar System.

It is believed that the origin of comet C / 2014 E2 could take place in the hypothetical Oort Cloud that surrounds our system, and that it is formed by all the debris that arose after the formation of our planets.

After passing by the Sun, in the comet Jacques triggered reactions in the form of geysers. This is how he developed his long tail, which could be seen after his reappearance behind the Sun. As he moved away from the Solar System, at a speed of 180,000 kilometers per hour, his tail was disappearing.

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