Gorgeous green comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) should now be visible with the naked eye under perfect dark-sky conditions.
The comet is rapidly approaching perigee, its closest point to Earth, making it easier to spot in the night sky. comet, first discovered Brightening since November, in March 2022 by astronomers Frank Masi and Bryce Bolin using the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) at Palomar Observatory in California wow astro photographer with brilliant green tail,
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is currently making its way through northern skies and should reach its brightest magnitude in early February. According to In-The-Sky.org (opens in new tab) As it approaches perigee on February 1st. To see the comet for yourself, look north just after sunset and look for a faint greenish glow. Under the right dark sky conditions, the comet can be seen with the unaided eye, but binoculars will certainly make the job easier.
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Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is available for tracking in most major astronomy and sky tracking apps. Additionally, astrophysicist Hanno Rein of the University of Toronto has created a free app (opens in new tab) An application dedicated solely to the detection and tracking of Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is available on the Apple App Store.
As of Monday (January 23), Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is visible close to the constellation Draco. Photos below courtesy of TheSkyLive.com (opens in new tab),
On Thursday (January 26), comet Ursa Minor, the “Little Bear” or “Little Dipper,” will be visible right next to it.
By January 30, the comet will have made its way east toward Camelopardalis, where it will be visible when it reaches perigee on February 1.
By February 10, the comet will have moved far enough to the east and will appear closer to Mars, which may make it easier to spot.
If conditions aren’t right for late-night or early-morning skywatching in your area, you’re still in luck: The Virtual Telescope Project will be hosting a free livestream of Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF). The stream will begin on February 1 at 11:00 pm EST (0400 GMT) and can be viewed courtesy of project website (opens in new tab) either Youtube channel (opens in new tab),
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) has already done a lot for astrophotographers, revealing breathtaking images of space. gorgeous green comet, In January, strong solar winds made part of comet tail break Which astronomers call the disconnection event.
Recently, SpaceWeather.com Reported That comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is known to have an “anti-tail”, a phenomenon that causes the comet to appear to have a second, forward-facing tail. In fact, an anti-tail is an optical illusion caused by a disc of large dust particles forming along the comet’s orbit. As Earth passes through the comet’s orbital plane, this dusty disk can be viewed side-on, appearing as an inverted anti-tail.
C/2022 Expecting to see E3 (ZTF)? Our guides on the best binoculars and best binoculars can help, as it doesn’t take much magnification to see the comet as the moon approaches. You can also check out our guides on how to view and photograph comets, as well as our Best Cameras for Astrophotography to get started and Best Lenses for Astrophotography.
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