The C/2022 E3 (ZTF) Comet Comes Close to Earth Again After the Age of the Neanderthals

The C/2022 E3 (ZTF) Comet Comes Close to Earth Again After the Age of the Neanderthals

C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is a comet that was discovered in March 2022 by the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF), a survey telescope located at the Palomar Observatory in California. The comet is believed to be a small, icy body that orbits the sun and is made up of dust and frozen gases.

C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is classified as a long-period comet, meaning that it takes a long time to orbit the sun and that it is only visible from Earth once every few hundred thousand years.

At its closest approach to the sun, C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is expected to be visible to the naked eye and may be visible in the night sky. However, the exact brightness of the comet is difficult to predict, as it is influenced by factors such as the size of the comet’s nucleus and the amount of material that it sheds as it approaches the sun.

C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is coming back in February 2023

IFLScience reveals that the comet is approaching its perihelion phase, and will be at its closest point to Earth on February 1. This means that it may be possible to spot the comet in the sky without even using a telescope or a binocular. But of course, the main condition is for the sky to be clear. 

There are over 4,500 comets in the Solar System discovered so far, but their real number might be a lot higher. There are several different populations of comets in the solar system, and they can be classified based on their orbits and other characteristics. The most well-known comets are those that orbit the sun in relatively short periods and are visible from Earth on a regular basis. These comets are thought to come from the Kuiper Belt, a region of the solar system beyond Neptune that is populated by small, icy objects.

C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is of scientific interest to astronomers because it provides an opportunity to study the composition and structure of comets, which can offer insights into the early history and formation of the solar system.

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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