• Question: will the green devil comet crash into earth

    Asked by suns499may to Alexander dB, Andrew M, Bruno Silvester L, David B, Kirsty R, Martin M, Michael S, Sharron K on 2 Feb 2024.
    • Photo: Andrew McDowall

      Andrew McDowall answered on 2 Feb 2024:

      Not in the foreseeable future. It only rarely passes through the plane the planets orbit in and has a stable orbit until at least 2167 (and probably long afterwards). The closest it will get to Earth will be 2095 when its distance to the Earth will still be 1 1/2 times the distance from the Sun to the Earth, so a very safe margin.

    • Photo: Alexander de Bruin

      Alexander de Bruin answered on 2 Feb 2024:

      As Andrew says, not likely anytime soon!

    • Photo: Sharron Kenny

      Sharron Kenny answered on 2 Feb 2024: last edited 2 Feb 2024 2:08 pm

      not unless something was to change. the closest it will come to earth right about now was yesterday on the 1st of febuary. i wish i had realised sooner and i could have seen it

    • Photo: Martin McCoustra

      Martin McCoustra answered on 2 Feb 2024:

      Unless something were to change the orbit of the comet, it is unlike it will crash into Earth… That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t worry about things like this… 63 million years ago an asteroid colliding with the Earth wiped out the dinosaurs. We could be next if we don’t watch out.

    • Photo: Michael Schubert

      Michael Schubert answered on 5 Feb 2024:

      It’s very unlikely! Eventually, there probably will be more collisions with Earth, but it almost certainly won’t be this comet and it’s not likely to happen during your lifespan at all…

    • Photo: Bruno Silvester Lopes

      Bruno Silvester Lopes answered on 5 Feb 2024:


    • Photo: David Bremner

      David Bremner answered on 6 Feb 2024:

      I cant answer that as i really dont know much about space and the end of the world……..

    • Photo: Kirsty Ross

      Kirsty Ross answered on 8 Feb 2024:

      Nope 🙂