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Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) will soon be visible to the naked eye

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July 14, 2024

A rare comet called C/2022 E3 (ZTF) will soon be visible to the naked eye

The comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), will make its first near-Earth trip since the Stone Age in late January and early February. It began its long journey in the far outer reaches of the Solar System, in the Oort Cloud, where it was last seen 50,000 years ago and was not seen again for millennia after it disappeared. It comes within 100 million miles (160 million kilometers) of the Sun when it approaches its closest approach to the Sun. The comet will make its closest approach to our planet when it passes us on February 2 at a distance of 26 million miles (42 million km).

Visible to Northern Hemisphere observers, Comet C/2022 E3 is best seen in the early morning a few hours before sunrise.

Image credit:  John Chumack/GalacticImages.com
Image credit:  Chris Schur
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Geminids meteor shower

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July 14, 2024

Geminids meteor shower

The Geminids meteor shower is the best meteor shower to observe and will be active from 4 December to 17 December, producing up to 120 meteors per hour at its peak activity at around 02:00 a.m. (+05.30GMT) on 14 December 2022.

Geminids best displays might be seen on 14 December above your eastern horizon in the constellation of Gemini.

This celestial event is visible to the naked eye.

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Perseids meteor shower

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Sri Lanka Planetarium.

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July 14, 2024

Perseids meteor shower

The Perseids meteor shower is the one of the best meteor showers to observe will be active from 17 July to 24 August, producing up to 100 meteors per hour at its peak activity at around 01:00 a.m. (+05.30GMT) on 13 August 2022.

Perseids best displays might be seen on 13 August above your north east horizon in the constellation of Perseus.

This celestial event is visible to the naked eye.
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Lyrid meteor shower

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Sri Lanka Planetarium.

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July 14, 2024

Lyrid meteor shower

The Lyrid meteor shower will be active from 16 April to 25 April, producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak activity at around 00:00 a.m. (+05.30GMT) on 23 April 2022.

Lyrids best displays might be seen before dawn on 23 April and after the radiant rises on 22 April above your eastern horizon in the constellation of Hercules.

This celestial event is visible to the naked eye.