How to see a rare green comet that hasn’t been seen since the Stone Age before it disappears forever

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Stargazers around the world will witness a special astronomical event as a rare green comet, not seen since the Stone Age, is approaching Earth this week.

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) has already been visible through binoculars and telescopes this month, but is expected to be visible to the naked eye as it approaches the planet.

For those who don’t have the expensive equipment usually needed to view these spectacular views, experts advise catching the comet early next month, as that’s when it will be at its brightest in the night sky.

When it reaches its closest point about 28 million miles away, it will be visible in the northern and southern hemispheres.

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Bournemouth Echo: Canva – A green comet will be visible for the first time since the Stone Age

Canva – A green comet will be visible for the first time since the Stone Age (Image: Canva)

NASA described the comet’s appearance as “an amazing opportunity to make personal contact with an icy visitor from the distant outer solar system.”

What do we know about a rare green comet that hasn’t been seen since the Stone Age?

The green comet, discovered on March 2, 2022, was spotted by the Zwicky Transient Facility in California, and astronomers have calculated that it was last seen from Earth in the Stone Age.

The comet is believed to have come from the outskirts of our solar system in the Oort Cloud.

NASA describes this cloud as “a collection of icy objects farther away than anything else in the solar system.”

This cloud is so far away that no spacecraft has yet been able to explore it, although some are approaching slowly but unfortunately will be powerless by the time they arrive.

How to see the rare green comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) during its closest approach in 50,000 years

So far the comet has been most visible before dawn, but in February the comet will be more visible from the evening.

The comet is expected to be at its brightest between Wednesday and Thursday (February 1 and 2)

However, the Royal Observatory in Greenwich says you should check what time the moon rises where you live to avoid the moonlight ruining the show.

The Met Office weather forecast for the UK when a rare green comet makes its closest approach

The Met Office’s Long-Term Weather Forecast predicts that between Saturday January 28 and Monday February 6, most parts of the UK will experience variable cloud and dry conditions.

However, areas such as the west, north and northwest may experience wet and winter showers. The far north may even see gales, while most of the south will remain dry.

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