Rare green comet will pass by Earth starting this week

Rare green comet will pass by Earth starting this week

Rare green comet will pass by Earth starting this week

If you look at the night sky for the next month and see a small green light in the sky, don’t panic, no aliens have landed.

A rare green comet is expected to pass by Earth this week and be visible in the night sky for nearly a month, NASA and astronomers said.

Rare green comet will pass by Earth starting this week

This handout photo obtained from the NASA website shows comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) discovered by astronomers using the wide-field survey camera at the Zwicky Transient Facility.

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Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) was discovered last March when it was already in Jupiter’s orbit. It can be distinguished by its green glow.

NASA scientists said the comet is expected to make its closest approach to the sun, or perihelion, on Jan. 12 and be visible to stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere. Those in the southern hemisphere should be able to see the comet in February.

Comets are notoriously unpredictable, but if this one continues its current trend in brightness, it will be easy to see with binoculars, and it is quite possible that it will become visible to the naked eye under dark skies. “How are you” blog earlier this month.

PHOTO: Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) passes closest to Earth on February 2, 2023.

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) will make its closest approach to Earth on February 2, 2023.

NASA

The comet will shift to the northwest on the horizon in January and will make its closest approach to Earth between February 1 and February 2, according to NASA. During that time, the comet will be 26 million miles from the planet, according to astronomers.

According to astronomical maps, the comet will be close to Mars about a week later.



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