(ORDO NEWS) — The newly discovered comet could be visible to the naked eye as it flies past the Earth and Sun in the coming weeks for the first time in 50,000 years, astronomers say.
The comet is named C/2022 E3 (ZTF) after the Zwicky Transient Facility, which first spotted it passing Jupiter last March.
After traveling from the icy reaches of our solar system, it will make its closest approach to the Sun on January 12th and will pass closest to Earth on February 1st.
It will be easy to see with good binoculars and probably even with the naked eye, provided the sky is not overly illuminated by city lights or the moon.
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