Friday, March 24, 2023

The green comet becomes visible to the naked eye: when and how to find it in the sky

Astronomers and amateurs are already capturing the comet, which will soon approach its closest point to Earth.

The impressive green comet, whose official name is C/2022 E3 (ZTF)has begun to be seen with the naked eye, according to most recent reports, Until a few days ago, the space object was captured only by binoculars and telescopes; However, as it comes closer to the Earth, its brightness increases significantly.

It will be visible in both the Northern Hemisphere (Mexico, Spain, Venezuela, Colombia, etc.), as well as Ecuador and the Southern Hemisphere (Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, etc.). Without any doubt it is one of the most important astronomical events of 2023.

“Comet ZTF no longer requires a telescope for viewing,” NASA said in a description of a long-exposure photo taken on January 19, which shows the object as a green star in the sky.

The 'Green Comet' Captured Over Salamanca, Spain.  Photo: Oscar Martin Masonero

The ‘Green Comet’ captured over Salamanca, Spain. Photo: Oscar Martin Masonero

A comet is zipping through our cosmic neighborhood for the first time in 50,000 years, so astronomers and space buffs don’t want to miss the chance to pass by.

What is a comet and why is it green?

Comets are cold objects made of frozen dust, rock, and gases that orbit in distant regions of the Solar System. However, they are sometimes drawn towards the Sun. When this happens, the heat of the star slowly evaporates them, so they develop a cloud around them, called a coma, and a tail.

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