For the first time in 50,000 years a green comet will appear in the night sky, and you might see it in New Jersey

The C/2022 E3 comet was discovered by astronomers on March 2nd 2022 using the Zwicky Transient Facility’s wide-field survey camera at the Palomar Observatory in San Diego County, California.

he comet will reach its perihelion on January 12, 2023, and the closest approach to Earth will be on February 1, 2023, The comet is expected to get brighter and thus become visible with the naked eye from a dark sky site, appearing as a smudge in the sky. During its closest approach to Earth.

Tonight,  look for the comet from the Northern Hemisphere on the horizon about midnight. 

By early November 2022, the comet had brightened to magnitude 10 and was appearing to move slowly as it moved parallel to Earth The comet exhibited a green coma and a yellowish dust tail and a faint ion tail. The comet was visible in the early evening and started being visible in the morning sky by the end of November. 

By December 19 the comet had developed a greenish coma, short broad dust tail, and long faint ion. After that, the comet started moving northward.

On February 10-11 the comet will pass 1.5 degrees from Mars and on February 13 to 15 will pass in front of Hyades star cluster.

There is a god chance you might catch a glimpse of it over New Jersey if the skies are clear.

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