Green comet will cross the sky this Wednesday after 50 thousand years and can be seen with the naked eye; know how

C/2022 E3 can be seen at night with a good pair of glasses and will be visible in the Southern Hemisphere until February 10

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Newly discovered comet is hurtling through our Solar System for the first time in 50,000 years and could be visible to the naked eye as it zips past Earth and Sun

After 50 thousand years, the green comet will cross the Earth’s sky from this Wednesday, the 1st, and can be seen until the 10th in the Southern Hemisphere. C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is emerald in color and was discovered in March 2022 by the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) program, which operates the Samuel-Oschin Telescope at the Palomar Observatory in California. The small rocky and icy body has a diameter of just one kilometer and has been passing through the sky since January 21st, but its first appearance was in the Northern Hemisphere, only now it has come to another part. The space object can be seen at night with a good pair of glasses or even with the eye, as long as the sky is clear, there is no light pollution and the brightness of the Moon is not disturbing. So, to be able to better appreciate the phenomenon, it is recommended to be in a dark place, also because the moon, which is in the crescent phase, can end up interfering with the visualization, not to mention that the brightness of C/2022 E3 is weak. What we will be able to see in the sky is the long bright cause of the comet. This happens because it approaches the Sun, the ice in its core changes to a gaseous state and releases a long tail that reflects the star’s light. The comet will shine in all its splendor “when it is closest to Earth”, explains the professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology, Thomas Prince, who works for the ZTF.

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