The rare green comet named C/2022 E3 (ZTF) was in the news ahead of its closest approach to Earth after 50000 years on February 1. Though it is fading with time, NASA confirms that it can still be seen in the night sky if one knows where and when to look. It can be seen with binoculars or a small telescope and a good sky map. The best time to catch the comet ZTF would be after the Sun sets and before the Moon rises. The image of the day by NASA also shows two dippers – the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper. The Big Dipper is a popular term used to describe the shape formed by the seven brightest stars in the constellation Ursa Major or the Great Bear. The Little Dipper is a smaller, less well-known dipper-shaped constellation, which consists of seven stars, including the North Star, Polaris.
Today: December 2, 2023