Washington DC, 26 January 2023 (TDI): For the first time in 50,000 years ‘Green Comet’ is now visible from Earth. The comet C/2022 E3 is rare and was last seen during the Ice Age, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said.
Since 2020, the green comet would be the first comet to light up the night sky. Neowise comet in 2020 approached the Earth.
Neanderthals are the last comet on the Earth that reached 50,000 years ago. It is still roaming the earth.
The green comet is also called C/2022 E3 (ZTF). The comet is called E3 because it is the third comet discovered in the fifth fortnight of the year.
This is an important event because it happens once in an epoch. On 1 February the green comet would pass within 26 million miles of Earth.
Currently, it is visible to people in the Northern Hemisphere. It could be viewed with binoculars or telescopes under the right viewing conditions.
“This comet isn’t expected to be quite the spectacle that Comet Neowise was back in 2020, but it’s still an awesome opportunity to make a personal connection with an icy visitor from the distant outer Solar System”, said a NASA spokesman.
Viewing of Green Comet
“Solar Systems are intrinsically highly unpredictable objects since their brightness depends on the scattering of sunlight from dust particles in the comet’s coma and tail,” said experts.
Astronomers advised that to see an E3 comet one should pick a dark place free of ambient light and allow 30 minutes for eyes to adjust.
The best time to see the green comet E3 is early morning. In February, it would be possible to see it with the naked eye.
It was first discovered in March 2022 by astronomers. It features a blue-green coma and a golden tail. It was first discovered by the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) in California.