Neanderthal comet: visible to the naked eye! Let’s see where to look for him in the sky (video)
Finally, a Neanderthal comet can be seen with the naked eye!
Who knows if Neanderthals saw this 50,000 years ago.
The fact is that the comet has now reached magnitude (apparent brightness) 5.9 under naked eye vision (which is 6).
We are talking about c / 2022 E3 ZTFFind out the comet March 2, 2022. Because of its long revolution around the sun, it was called “Comet Neanderthals And now it is Even to the naked eye.
The comet can already be wonderfully observed with binoculars or telescopes and fans of the cosmos compete to see who takes the most amazing picture. Comet has one Sparkling green foliagebrushed by the solar wind, a remarkable tail of yellowish dust and a smaller tail of blue ions.
In addition to the news of his appearance without the aid of optical devices, A few days ago, the sun’s abundant activity threw a stream of electrically charged particles toward the comet. An actual ejection of mass from the solar corona (the outermost part of our star) which in fact has Cut the tail of the wonderful comet in two. This phenomenon is called “disconnection” is due to solar wind.
This event did not cause the comet major problems, not to mention that it could be observed.
The comet will continue to light up more and more until it reaches its closest point to Earth between February 1 and 2, at a “modest” distance of about 42 million km, and it will always be clearly visible in the northern sky because it will be very bright. become a polar circumference.
But let’s see some data on this fascinating space object, coming from the distant Oort Cloud (comet-forming).
C/2022 E3 ZTF, the agency said Dealing has reached rock bottomany lowest distance from the sunthe January 12th.
On the occasion of this event there was also Live video From 5 (4 UTC) on Saturday 14 January.
Where are you looking for it?
First of all, we specify that in order to be able to see it with the naked eye, it must be in one place completely dark And a clear sky full of stars.
To see the comet, even with binoculars (recommended), we will have to look towards the constellation Ursa Minor, in fact in these hours it passes through it while on January 29 it will be very close to the North Star.
As the astrophysicist said in an interview Gianluca Massey :”The comet moves between the Bears, Major and Minor and then moves further to the center of our sky. Visibility with the naked eye will be very mediocre, so I honestly recommend using at least binoculars“.
But you know, comets are very unexpected things, and that also can give us a really unexpected show.
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