Astronomers and fans are already capturing the comet, which will soon reach its closest point to Earth.

The impressive green comet, whose official name is C/2022 E3 (ZTF)has begun to be observed with the naked eye, according to the most recent reports. Until a few days ago, the space object was only captured by telescopes and binoculars; however, as it gets closer to Earth, its brightness has increased significantly.

It will be visible both in the northern hemisphere (Mexico, Spain, Venezuela, Colombia, etc.), as well as in Ecuador and the southern hemisphere (Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, etc.). Without a doubt, it is one of the most important astronomical events of 2023.

“Comet ZTF no longer requires a telescope to view,” NASA said in a description of a long-exposure photo taken on January 19, showing the object as a green star in the sky.

The 'green comet', captured from Salamanca, Spain.  Photo: Óscar Martín Mesonero

The ‘green comet’, captured from Salamanca, Spain. Photo: Óscar Martín Mesonero

The comet is crossing our cosmic neighborhood for the first time in 50,000 years, so astronomers and space aficionados don’t want to miss the chance to witness its close pass.

What is a comet and why is this one green?

Comets are cold objects made up of frozen dust, rock and gases, orbiting in the far reaches of the solar system. However, they are sometimes drawn towards the Sun. When this happens, the heat from the star slowly begins to evaporate them, so they develop a cloud around them, called a coma, and a tail.

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