Saturday, January 21, 2023

Distant Points of Light | 01.18.2023

Distant Points of Light | Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) over Upstate New York

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) was discovered on March 22, 2022 by the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) at the California Institute of Technology. The comet is believed to be a long-period comet, meaning it has an orbital period of 200 years or more. It was first observed when it was about 6.5 astronomical units (AU) from the Sun and is currently on its way towards the inner solar system. At the time of discovery, the comet was given a magnitude of around 18, which means it was quite faint and difficult to observe. However, as the comet gets closer to the Sun and Earth, it may become more visible to telescopes and potentially even to the naked eye.

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