The newly discovered green comet is expected to fly by Earth

The newly discovered green comet is expected to fly by Earth

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A rare, newly discovered comet with a greenish hue is expected to fly by Earth in the next few weeks, but sky watchers may need binoculars or a small telescope to see it.

“It will pass by the Corona Borealis constellation just before sunrise here in Toronto, making February 1 the best day to see it,” says York University Assistant Professor Elaina Hyde, director of the Faculty of Science’s Allan I. Carswell Observatory . . “Observer Allan I. Carswell plans to target this interesting object with our one meter telescope.”

The last time this comet (discovered last year by Southern California astronomers and named C/2022 E3) passed Earth was about 50,000 years ago. They may never come back.

It will be closest to Earth, about 26 million miles away, on Feb. 1 at 1:11 p.m. EST, but just how bright it will be, no one is quite sure.

“Right now you definitely need good binoculars or a small telescope to see this comet, but towards the end of the month it may be possible to see it with the naked eye,” says York Assistant Professor Sarah Rugheimer, Allan I. Carswell. Chair for the Public Understanding of Astronomy. “It will also depend on the light pollution in your area and whether we have clear or cloudy skies.”

The Allan I. Carswell Observatory in York hosts the York University Radio Show and online public viewing on Monday nights from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM EST, in addition to a live online teletube Wednesday night beginning at 7:30 PM, weather permitting allows, this may be one of the best ways to observe the comet.

Provided by York University

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