Tuesday, January 3, 2023

INCOMING COMET VISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE

A comet that has not been seen since the Neanderthals walked the Earth is already on its return journey and astronomers have shared the first detailed image of this fascinating body.

Formally known as C/2022 E3 (ZTF), the comet orbits the Sun every 50,000 years and is expected to make its closest passage to our planet on February 1, 2023. 

The comet was discovered in March, but only recently scientists managed to take a detailed photo that reveals its greenish foliage and a yellowish dust tail. The comet should be visible to the naked eye (with comets the conditional is a must because the brightness of comets is always difficult to predict).

Obviously, this comet is not the only sky phenomenon planned for 2023, since the year will begin with the meteoric rain of the Quadrantids, one of the most spectacular of the year and not to observe it you do not need special equipment.

The meteor shower started technically yesterday, however it will reach its peak in the night between January 3 and the morning of January 4.

 

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