Saturday, January 21, 2023

Right on Time for Aquarius -- A Weird Comet Not Seen Since the Ice Age


Putting the accent on weird we have Comet c/2022 E3 (Z.T.F.) flying by for all of us to review this Aquarius Lunar month.   Last seen when the northern half of Earth was covered in Ice.   We certainly are warmer now.   

NYTimes article


A green-hued comet from the outer solar system is set to swing through Earth’s neighborhood in the coming days for the first time in 50,000 years.

The comet has been steadily gaining brightness and will make its closest approach on Feb. 2, when it comes within 26.4 million miles of the planet — 110 times the distance to the moon. From the Northern Hemisphere, the comet is likely to be faintly visible to the naked eye.

But you don’t have to wait until February to spot this visitor. The coming weekend may offer favorable viewing opportunities with a pair of binoculars when the new moon creates darker skies.

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