Rare Green Comet Not Seen in 50,000 Years Set to Pass By Earth

A newly discovered comet with a greenish hue is set to pass by Earth in the coming weeks but you may need binoculars or a small telescope to see it.

This is the first time the comet, named C/2022 E3, has been seen in approximately 50,000 years and it may never return to Earth again. The closest approach to Earth will be on February 1st at 1:11 p.m. EST, but the brightness of the comet is uncertain.

York Assistant Professor Sarah Rugheimer notes that it may be possible to view the comet with the naked eye towards the end of the month, but it depends on light pollution and clear sky conditions.

If you prefer, you can watch York’s Allan I. Carswell Observatory online streaming of the comet, starting at 7:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

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