C/2022 E3 (ZTF)

Author(s): John van Vliet

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C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is the 5th comet discovered by the Zwicky Transient Facility overall. Reaching perihelion on January 2023 after a 44,000-year journey inbound, it was believed to originate from the Oort Cloud. On 2023-Feb-1, this comet makes its closest approach to Earth at the distance of 42 million km, and is expected to reach AppMag +6.0 at its brightest. Its outbound hyperbolic trajectory shows that this comet would be ejected from the Solar System altogether

C/2022 E3 (ZTF) as seen from Payson, Arizona on 2022-Jan-6 (Credit: Chris Schur)

C/2022 E3 (ZTF) as seen from Mattituck, New York on 2022-Jan-8 (Credit: Steven Bellavia)

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