Lucknow prepares for the celestial show; a green comet which was last seen during the Stone Age.

Lucknow prepares for the celestial show; a green comet which was last seen during the Stone Age.

Preparations for a green comet are afoot which was last seen during the Stone Age about 50,000 years ago. It will be seen once again at the end of this month.

Officials at the Indira Gandhi Planetarium are preparing to support the enthusiasts by providing them with binoculars and a telescope to witness the cosmic show if bad weather does not hamper the view, to have a better and clearer look,

According to astronomers, the best time to view the comet will be during dawn in the northeast direction.

“Comets are cosmic snowballs of frozen gases, rock, and dust that look like a bright star with a tail, moving around the sun as planets do. Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) will be closest to the Earth’s orbit in January last week and will continue to be visible for around a week till early February,” said Sumit Srivastava, senior scientific officer, of Indira Gandhi planetarium.

Srivastava said the comet would be closest to the earth’s orbit in January-end. “It is a very rare occurrence as it might take another 50,000 years for humans to witness it again. As the comet will move near the earth, people will be able to spot it in the northeast direction.”

 

 

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