‘Green Comet’ visible in Southern New England

Image Credit & Copyright: Dan Bartlett
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) was discovered by astronomers using the wide-field survey camera at the Zwicky Transient Facility last year in early March

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A rare green-tinged comet will be visible in Southern New England through the remainder for the month. Known as a long-period comet, the last humans to see it were prehistoric!

The comet is called “Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF)” and was recently discovered just last march by astronomers at the Zwicky Transient Facility in San Diego County, California.

As it makes its closest approach to Earth, we will be able to see it on dark mornings looking to the northeast. Binoculars are the best tools to see it with if you don’t have a telescope.

As the ultimate brightness of a comet can be hard to predict, this one may actually become visible with the naked eye on the very last days of the month.

 

 

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