Glimpse of rare glowing comet seen next week from Earth at 27m miles away, caused by diatomic carbon emitting green light.
The rare glowing comet C/2022 E3 is making a return to Earth after a gap of 50,000 years. Stargazers will be able to witness the comet’s beauty as it passes by Earth next week, the closest being just 27 million miles away. The comet gets its green glow from diatomic carbon molecules that emit green light when exposed to ultraviolet rays of solar radiation. Astronomers have already captured pictures of the comet’s head, its long tail and a dust tail.
The glowing comet is visible in the northern hemisphere and can be seen below and left to the Plough constellation handle. It is expected to be at its best on 1 and 2 February, when it passes by the pole star. After the middle of the month, the comet’s glow will dim again as it returns to the Oort cloud.
This is a great opportunity for stargazers to witness the beauty of the comet and its green glow. It is a reminder of the vastness of our universe and how small and insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things.
For those looking to view the comet, the best time to do so is in the evening when the sky darkens. It is recommended to have binoculars or a telescope to get the best view of the comet. Stargazers should also keep an eye out for other celestial events such as meteor showers and comets that come close to Earth.
Comet C/2022 E3 is a rare sight and a once in a lifetime opportunity for many stargazers. It is a reminder of the wonders of the universe and how small and insignificant we are in comparison. Stargazers should make the most of this opportunity to witness the beauty of the comet and its green glow.