December 10, 2023

For the primary time in 50,000 years, a glowing inexperienced comet will make its manner throughout the skies of the southern hemisphere, subsequent month. The comet, dubbed C/2022 E3 (ZTF), will first be seen in northern skies all through late January earlier than of us in Australia and New Zealand will be capable to catch a glimpse of the uncommon phenomenon in early February.

Astronomers first found C/2022 E3 (ZTF) in March 2022 and have been monitoring its actions since, taking specific observe of the tear-shaped, glowing inexperienced tail of the comet because it shoots throughout our skies. Based on NASA the comet ought to grow to be vivid sufficient for Australians to see within the early hours of February 2, when it reaches its perigee (its closest level to Earth, for us laypeople).

The passing of C/2022 E3 (ZTF) will likely be probably the most spectacular astronomical occasions since a number of meteor showers graced southern skies again in July 2022, when the Piscis Austrinids, the Southern Delta Aquariids and the Alpha Capricornids all appeared inside every week of one another.


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