Jan 12, 2023

Fact Check—Has there been no comet visible to naked eye in 10,000 years?

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A comet zooming towards the inner solar system could soon be visible to the naked eye if current astronomical predictions turn out to be true.

C/2022 E3 (ZTF) was discovered by the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF)—an astronomical survey conducted by the Palomar Observatory in California—on March 2, 2022.

Comets are astronomical objects made up of frozen gases, dust and rock that orbit the sun. Sometimes referred to as cosmic snowballs, these objects are blasted with increasing amounts of radiation as they approach our star releasing gases and debris.

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