Awesome comet set for close encounter with Earth after 50000 years; meet Comet E3 ZTF
This telescopic image from December 19, 2022 shows the comet's brighter greenish coma, short broad dust tail, and long faint ion tail. (NASA)
This newly discovered comet is currently shooting through our Solar System for the first time in 50000.
The last time this comet came near Earth, the long extinct Neanderthals were roaming the planet.
NASA says that the Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) was discovered by astronomers using the wide-field survey camera at the Zwicky Transient Facility in early March, 2022. (Unsplash)
The comet has brightened substantially now and is sweeping across the northern constellation Corona Borealis in predawn skies. (Unsplash)
However, you will not be able to see it through the naked eyes and a telescope is required. (Unsplash)
Comet 2022 E3 will be at perihelion, its closest to the Sun, on January 12, 2023. The comet will reach perigee, its closest to Earth, on February 1. (Unsplash)
NASA has some good news for avid skygazers about viewing this comet without a telescope. NASA says that though the brightness of comets is notoriously unpredictable, but by February 1, Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) could become only just visible to the eye in dark night skies. (Unsplash)
So, where is Corona Borealis? LOCATION: Northern Hemisphere; COORDINATES: Right Ascension: 16h; Declination: +30º. (Wikimedia commons)
And what is the source of the Corona Borealis? Greek mythology, also Arab, Native American, Aborigine. (Wikimedia Commons)
Chandra Observatory reveals the story behind the name. The Greeks saw it as a crown or wreath. Middle East people saw it as a broken dish. Australian aboriginals saw a boomerang. Native Americans saw it as a group of dancing star maidens. (Flickr)