Revealing a photo of the green comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), orbiting close to Earth for the first time in 50,000 years, can be seen with the naked eye.
Green Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is a comet that emits green light in its tail. With a diameter of about 1 kilometer orbits around the sun that passes outside the solar system. The reason is that it takes up to 50,000 years to travel to orbit near the world again.
However, astronomers around the world United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and observatories around the world. were following the visit of The green comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), which orbits the closest to Earth during February 1-2, 2023, at a distance of about 42 million kilometers from Earth, until it can be seen with the naked eye in some area Including viewing with binoculars. and telescope
The National Astronomical Research Institute or NARIT has revealed a photograph of comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) from the top of Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai Province, on January 28, 2023 in the early morning time around 3:00-4:00. Come out with a message that says
From this image, the comet has 3 tails visible, namely “Ion Tail”, which is the longest. bifurcated Pointing directly to the upper left corner, the “dust tail” has a cloudy appearance to the left, although it is not clear now. But there is a chance that the dust tail will be more clearly observed as it approaches Earth. And finally, “Antitail”, which is getting harder to notice. Because this type of tail can be seen for a short time. Only when the comet orbits between the Earth and the Sun. And our planet orbits only through or close to the comet’s orbital plane.
Those who are interested in watching Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) during this period, if in a completely dark area. can be observed with the naked eye appearing in the northern sky Giraffe constellation area (Camelopardalis) from about 10:00 p.m. In early February It is when this comet is closest to Earth. (Between February 1-2) can be observed from the sun setting until dawn before the sun rises the next day. Expect a little more brightness.
for the technique of finding the location of comets Try to observe a celestial object that appears hazy or a star that is not as sharp as other stars. If using a telescope or binoculars to help observe will help confirm and see the comet more clearly And when recording this comet through the camera with a long exposure, you can observe the unique tail and green color of this comet.
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is a long-period comet. It orbits the sun in about 50,000 years, and was discovered in early March 2022 by the Zwicky Transient Facility’s wide-angle telescope network. known to be a comet And it is fortunate that the increase in brightness is now visible to the naked eye.
However, the green comet There is another name that dirty snowball Because it looks like a ball of ice that is mostly composed of dust and rocks. The scientific name of the green comet is C/2022 E 3 (ZTF). It was first discovered early last year on March 2, 2022 by astronomers at the Palomar Observatory. in the city of San Diego US state of California
At the same time, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has revealed that NASA has been monitoring the passing of The green comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is near Earth and was photographed by the James Webb Space Telescope. to be used in the study of the universe and the solar system in the future