Earth is about to see an object last seen in the time of the Neanderthals

Earth is about to see an object last seen in the time of the Neanderthals

Earth is about to see an object last seen in the time of the Neanderthals

If you look to the sky for the next few months, you’ll see an object that was last seen when Neanderthals walked the Earth.

On March 2, 2022, astronomers at the Zwicky Transient Facility discovered a comet using a wide-angle camera. The comet is estimated to complete an orbit around the sun once every 50,000 yearsmeaning the last time we saw the comet was in the Upper Paleolithic, when humans began to expand through Asia and Europe.

The comet, dubbed a tongue-rolling “C/2022 E3 (ZTF)”, is currently too faint to be seen without telescope. However, it may be possible to see with the naked eye sometime in late January and early February 2023.

The comet is currently approaching perihelion (closest approach to the sun), which will occur on January 12. It will be closest to Earth on February 1 – known as perigee. be able to be visible with the naked eye Sky at Night points out it would probably look like a smear of chalk dust on a chalkboard instead of the dazzling display of Comet Neowise.

The comet, first believed to be an asteroid before the coma was observed, was discovered using a telescope mounted on 1.2 meters (4 feet), is about the size of Hervé Villechaizewho played evil henchman Nick Nack James Bond: The man with the golden gun. It will pass Earth safely at a distance of about 44 million kilometers (27 million miles), or 36,667 million Hervé Villechaizes away.



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