A very rare green comet has made an appearance in South America, for the first time in 50,000 years. The comet’s visit was discovered in March 2022 by the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) and it is a once-in-a-lifetime event.
The comet’s official name is Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) and it came closest to Earth on the 1st of February when astronomy enthusiasts all over the world drove outside of town to gaze upon the night sky. The comet will still be visible in the upcoming weeks, but a clear sky is needed and a pair of binoculars or a telescope.
The best upcoming dates to spot it will be the 9th and the 13th of February when it will be visible close to Mars. Many astrophotographers have already managed to capture a few stunning pictures of Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) and shared them with a wide audience via social media platforms.
So, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to spot a unique phenomenon, get yourself a pair of binoculars, and a warm blanket and it is still not too late to go out comet-spotting in the night.
The green comet is expected to remain visible for another few weeks before continuing its long orbit.
You can also watch the comet live online