February 3, 2023

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Tips to see green comet in the night sky above DC

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WASHINGTON — The “green comet” was last in orbit 50 thousand years ago and after its orbit close Earth, it likely won’t come back into orbit for several million years. 

So here’s what you need to know if you want to try and see the comet between now and February 1:

Location, location, location

And if you’re wondering why it’s called the green comet, Dr. Tony Farnham, an Astronomer from the University of Maryland explains, “It’s emitting a diatomic carbon molecule that emits green light when the sun illuminates it and so it’s gotten this name that it’s the green comet so it’s somewhat unique in that respect. It’s not uncommon in comets but this one in particular is particularly green.”

And the name “green comet” rolls off the tongue a little better than the comet’s official name which is 2022 E3 ZTF.

2023-01-25 09:29:19

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