It is now reported that C/2022 E3 (ZTF) will reach its closest point to the Sun this Thursday, January 12, also known as its perihelion. According to reports, it
The comet will approach the Sun about 160 million kilometers. After this, it will move towards the earth and according to the estimates so far, it will be closest to our earth on February 2. Then the distance between this comet and our planet will still be 4.2 million kilometers.
According to reports, when C/2022 E3 (ZTF) gets closest to the Sun, it will not be visible to the naked eye. Comets can be seen with the help of binoculars. As bright as it shines now, it stays the same brightness, so when it gets close to Earth, you can see it with the naked eye at night.
Are you very excited to see this comet and want to see what it will look like when it gets closer to the Sun? You can get this opportunity online. The Virtual Telescope Project will broadcast this comet live for free. The live stream will be available on the Virtual Telescope Project website and its YouTube channel on January 12 at 9:30am IST.
According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the period of this comet is about 50,000 years. This means that the last time this comet was this close to 42 million kilometers from Earth, our planet was in the Upper Paleolithic. Right now this comet is passing through the inner solar system.