How to See the ‘Green Comet’ Soar Across the Sky
A brilliant green comet is stopping by Earth to say hello on its round-trip orbit around the sun—giving stargazers a chance to see it in all its splendor.
The comet, named C/2022 E3 (ZTF), will make its closest approach on February 2, offering some of the best chances of spotting it in the sky with the naked eye (though you’ll have much better chance with a pair of binoculars or a telescope). To see it, just look to the northern hemisphere at night near the Big Dipper and parallel to the constellation Big Dipper.
Astronomers say the space traveler is actually a remnant of the earliest days of our solar system. Since a comet is simply a large ball of dust and space ice, it probably contained matter in the first place. This means it gives them the opportunity to better understand the conditions that create life on Earth—and possibly elsewhere.
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