Green Comet Makes a Visit this Month – IOTW Report

Green Comet Makes a Visit this Month


According to, C/2022 E3 (ZTF) only visits the inner solar system roughly once every 50,000 years, making January’s opportunity to spot it with the naked eye an incredibly rare opportunity. The last time C/2022 E3 (ZTF) appeared in the night sky our planet was locked in a global ice age, and our ancient neanderthal ancestors roamed the land. When it next slips from view and makes its exit from the inner solar system, it won’t be seen again until long after we, and potentially our entire race, is gone.

C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is set to make its closest approach to the Sun on January 12 before making a flyby of Earth on February 1 at a distance of 26.4 million miles (42.5 million km). Far Out

11 Comments on Green Comet Makes a Visit this Month

  1. An “incredibly rare opportunity” is a poor way to put it. How about a “once in a lifetime opportunity”?

    I hope some of my friends here on iOTWR get a good look! Alas, I’m at sea level just a mile or two from the Gulf of Mexico. Night sky viewing here is TERRIBLE.

  2. Yeah… I watched Maximum Overdrive… I know what’s going to happen when it passes by. Although if it includes an AC/DC soundtrack with it… that would be cool.

  3. Wild Bill
    JANUARY 8, 2023 AT 10:49 PM
    “The Green Comet – which superhero is he again?”

    The gay one.

    Oops, sorry, that doesn’t help. They ALL are now.

    My bad.

  4. “When beggars die there are no comets seen. The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes”
    -Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar”, Act 2, Scene 2

  5. manbearpig JANUARY 8, 2023 AT 9:59 PM
    “Anybody ever watch “Night of the Comet?”

    Most guys would not mind repopulating the earth with a 1980’s Samantha Belmont in a cute cheerleader outfit, if that’s an option this time.

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