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.

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