Don’t forget to watch! Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is the closest to Earth. he began to see with the naked eye above the sky of Thailand

National Astronomical Research Institute (Public Institution) (Dr.Dr.), the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (DHS) reveals Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) began to see with the naked eye above the sky of Thailand in pitch black You can watch from now until the beginning of February 2023, appearing in the north. Giraffe constellation area Watching through a telescope or binoculars will see more clearly

Mr Suparerk Khaehanon, Director of the Center for Academic Services and Astronomy Communication, Dr. It has been revealed that comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is now beginning to be observed with the naked eye in the pitch black area north of the Giraffe constellation. (Camelopardalis) from about 10:00 pm in early February That’s when this comet is closest to Earth. (Between February 1-2) can be seen from sunset to dawn before sunrise the next day. And expect a little more brightness.

Those interested observe the comet with the naked eye. Try to observe a celestial object that appears hazy or a star that is not as sharp as other stars. If you use a telescope or binoculars to help observe helps to confirm and see the comet more clearly And when recording this comet through the camera with a long exposure, you can observe the tail and the unique green color of this comet. As of January 28, 2023, the comet has 3 visible tails, the “ion tail” being the straightest. and longest; the “dust tail” is a cloudy band in the same direction as the ion tail. And finally, “Antitail” is in the opposite direction to the sun. which will become more difficult to observe Because this type of tail will appear for a short time. Only when the comet passes between the Earth and the Sun. And our planet orbits just through or close to the orbital plane of the comet. Therefore, when comets come closer to Earth So observers on Earth may not be able to observe.

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is a long period comet One orbit around the sun takes approx 50,000 years Discovered in early March 2022 by the Zwicky Transient Facility wide-angle telescope network, the object initially had an apparent magnitude of 17.3, before brightening until astronomers recognized it as a comet. And it is fortunate that the increase in brightness is now visible to the naked eye.

Thanks for the reference from: National Astronomical Research Institute NARIT

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