March 28, 2023


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A unique comet is approaching Earth. It is about a kilometer in diameter

Soon you will be able to see it with your own eyes.

According to Jacob Tokarek of the Astronomical Observatory Institute of the Adam Mickiewicz University School of Physics. Comet C / 2022 E3 (ZTF) was discovered in March 2022. Soon there will be a chance to see it with your own eyes. On January 12, it began approaching Earth. On the night of February 1-2, it will be closer to our planet, at a distance of 42 million km, which is “only” 110 times farther than our Moon.

Thanks to this proximity and the comet’s current activity, there would be an opportunity to see the object without the aid of optical instruments – but we would have to be under exceptionally dark skies, as in the case of the Bieszczady Mountains or the Jizera Mountains. In contrast, from suburban areas, we can easily see the comet through binoculars or an amateur telescopeJacob Tokarek reports.

We encourage you to take note, because phenomena like this don’t happen every day. The last time we were able to observe Comet C/2020 F3 (Neowise) was in the summer of 2020. We won’t see a green comet (so named because of its color) after being away from Earth for so long – C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is a long-period comet, another Once it was near the sun 50,000 years ago! – He adds and mentions that the comet is currently moving between the constellations Ursa Minor and Dragon, on January 29 and 30 it will be near the Polar Star.

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Then it will continue its journey on the border of the constellations of the giraffe and the lynx, and on February 5 it will approach the brightest star in the constellation of the Wheel – Capella.“- concludes Tokarek.