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RARE comet to visit Earth soon; it will not come back again; watch it this way

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) will be coming close to the Earth after a period of 50000 years. Last time this comet visited our planet, humanity was still totally backward. Don’t miss it. Know how to watch it.

| Updated on: Jan 13 2023, 16:41 IST
From 721-foot monster to 22-foot dwarf, 5 asteroids to come very close to Earth
What are Comets?
1/5 Asteroid 2022 YS5 - NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office has warned that the asteroid, named Asteroid 2022 YS5, will make its closest approach to Earth today, January 13, at a distance of 5.9 million kilometers. It is nearly as big as an aircraft, with a width of 130 feet. Asteroid 2022 YS5 is already hurtling towards the planet at a speed of 21506 kmph.  (Wikimedia Commons)
What are Comets?
2/5 Asteroid 2014 LJ - A relatively small asteroid with a size of 22 feet will fly past Earth by a very close margin tomorrow, January 14. The asteroid, named Asteroid 2014 LJ, will make its closest approach with the planet at a distance of 1.8 million kilometers. The asteroid is travelling towards the planet at a blistering speed of 12515 kilometers per hour. (Pixabay)
What are Comets?
3/5 Asteroid 2022 YH3 – Another asteroid named 2022 YH3 will make its closest approach to Earth tomorrow, January 14 at a distance of 7.2 million kilometers. The asteroid, with a width of 290, is travelling at a staggering speed of 58580 kilometers per hour towards the planet. (Pixabay)
What are Comets?
4/5 Asteroid 2012 BV13 - NASA has issued an alert against another asteroid named Asteroid 2012 BV13. This asteroid is particularly concerning due to its monstrous size. According to NASA, it has a size ranging anywhere between 327 feet and 721 feet, making it nearly as big as a football field! It is expected to fly past Earth closely on January 16 at a distance of 1.5 million kilometers. The asteroid is already on its way towards Earth, travelling at a speedy 24042 kilometers per hour.  (WikiMedia Commons)
What are Comets?
5/5 Asteroid 2020 BP - NASA has warned that an asteroid named Asteroid 2020 BP is heading for Earth and is expected to pass by the planet closely on January 20. Asteroid 2020 BP is already on its way towards us travelling at a fearsome speed of 60966 kilometers per hour. The asteroid, with a width between 62 feet and 141 feet, will make its closest approach to Earth a distance of just 1.9 million kilometers.  (Pixabay)
What are Comets?
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Know how to watch the rare green comet which is visiting the Earth after 50000 years. (NASA/MSFC/Aaron Kingery)

The Earth will soon get to witness a historic moment. An extremely rare comet, which last visited us when humanity still lived in caves, is going to pay us a visit. The Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) takes around 50,000 years to orbit the Sun and this might be the last opportunity for anyone to take a look at this comet as astronomers believe it may never come back again. So, do not miss out on a chance to watch this once-in-a-generation comet flying across the sky. Read on to know when and how to watch it.

When to watch the Comet ZTF

The comet, which has an unusual green glow, entered the inner solar system recently. Yesterday, January 12, it reached its perihelion (the position on its orbit where it is the closest to the Sun). And now, on its way back, it will come as close as 1 million miles to the Earth. And while it is already visible in the northeastern sky, the best view will be on February 1, 2023 when it will be closest to the Earth.

How to watch the Comet ZTF

While the comet will be visible to the naked eye on February 1, there are some preconditions to be able to watch it. You need to be in an area with relatively low light pollution and clear sky. This means that people living in big cities might not be able to see the comet directly or with the help of a telescope.

So, what can you do? Don't worry. You do not have to miss out on this historic occurrence. The Virtual Telescope Project, an online telescope webcast platform, will be hosting a free livestream of the comet starting 9:30 AM IST on January 14. You can watch the livestream directly on the website by clicking here or on YouTube. Do not let go of this unique chance!

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First Published Date: 13 Jan, 16:41 IST