Comet C/2022 E3 (ZFT) could put on an amazing show for observers in January and February 2023 when it appears in the night sky.
Detected in March 2022 by the Zwicky Transient Facility, the comet makes its first final pass by Earth in 50,000 years and has not been seen since the time of the Neanderthals. Since its discovery, astronomers and astrophotographers have captured amazing images of the brilliant green comet. See pictures of them here.
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John Chumack of GalacticImages.com took the photo above from Yellow Springs, Ohio. Chumack writes that the comet “is estimated to be about 11.00 magnitude bright, you can see its tail and the 2.5 arc-min Coma green.”
Price also added, “more fail (16 to 17th magnitude) PGC [Principal Galaxies Catalogue] galaxies visible in this image as a comet moved through Ursa Major.
If you want to observe C/2022 E3 (ZTF), our guides to the best telescopes and the best binoculars are a great place to start. If you’re looking to capture images of the night sky, check out our guide on how to photograph the moon, and the best astrophotography cameras and best astrophotography lenses.
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