Green Comet to Make Spectacular Appearance in 2023
A green comet is set to make a spectacular appearance in 2023, and astronomers are eagerly awaiting its arrival. The comet, which is officially known as C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), was discovered in March 2020 by the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) space telescope.
The comet is expected to reach its closest approach to Earth in July 2023, when it will be visible from Earth with the naked eye. It will be brightest in the night sky in late July and early August, and will be visible in the Northern Hemisphere.
The comet is classified as a “Jupiter family comet,” meaning it is a short-period comet that has an orbital period of less than 20 years. It is thought to have originated from the Kuiper Belt, a region beyond Neptune which is home to many icy bodies.
The comet is green in color due to the presence of diatomic carbon, which is released when the comet is heated by the Sun. This is what makes the comet so bright and visible from Earth.
The comet is expected to be at its brightest in late July and early August 2023, when it will reach its closest approach to Earth. Astronomers are predicting that the comet will be as bright as a first magnitude star, which means it will be visible to the naked eye.
The comet will be visible from all parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and will be best seen from the mid-northern latitudes. It will be visible for several months, but its brightness will slowly fade as it moves away from Earth.
C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for amateur astronomers, and will be a sight to behold. So mark your calendars and keep your eyes on the sky in 2023 for a spectacular show!
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