Green comet to approach Earth for first time in 50,000 years

A bright green comet is set to swing by Earth's outer space for the first time in 50,000 years, and may hang around for a month, SIA reports, citing foreign press.

NASA officials said the icy visitor was first spotted in March 2022 while it was inside the orbit of Jupiter. It could be seen through binoculars as a small green glow to those in the Northern Hemisphere starting on Thursday.

It will be closest to Earth on 2 February, scientists said.

The icy celestial body - called C/2022 E3 (ZTF), a "mouthful of a name", according to NASA - is making its closest approach to the sun on 12 January before making its closest approach to Earth on 2 February.

At that point it will be just about 42 million kilometres away from the planet, according to the Planetary Society.

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