Track Green Comet in real time thanks to the Virtual Telescope Project

Feb 1, 2023
Updated • Feb 2, 2023

Last week, we mentioned that there’s a green comet trailing across our skies, with an expected proper viewing date of February 1st and 2nd. Now is already here!. With the scientific name C/2022 E3 (ZTF), many have already seen signs of it in the night sky. These two dates are when it will be the closest to the earth before it moves on towards the restaurant at the end of the universe.

While we’ve already covered the details of the green comet, there are some safety questions we’d like to answer at this moment. Also, you can watch the live broadcast on the YouTube video thanks to the Virtual Telescope Project. 

Is the green comet safe to look at it?

NASA has indicated that we will be able to see the comet as it passes by with the naked eye, but it will be a faint trail of light. For a better view, you’ll want to use a telescope or binoculars. You may need to wait for your eyes to adjust to the comet’s light, but there’s no fear of prolonged damage to your eyes. 

How to safely follow the green comet

Some of the more common issues of seeing the green comet is due to high humidity, fog, or light pollution. It may be harder to follow it during the day, unless you can find the faint tail in the sky. It’s better to try and spot it at dusk after the sunlight has dropped. Also, try to find a location where there is minimal light pollution, such as you would find in the Arizona desert.

Am I going to die?

It’s strange how many times I’ve seen this question on Twitter. Thanks to all the apocalyptic movies in the past, there’s this fear that the green comet is going to kill us all. I’m happy to tell you that it won’t. All it will do is harmlessly pass us. As a matter of fact, it will be a distance of a hundred times the space between the moon and Earth when it’s at it’s closest. 

I think it’s fairly safe to say we’ll be safe.


One last note is that we will never see this comet again since its orbit won’t bring it this way again. Also, it’s the first time this comet will pass us in 50,000 years, It’s so you won’t want to miss it. Bookmark this page so you can come back to watch the show.


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  1. Yan said on January 26, 2023 at 3:46 pm

    Of course watching a comet is safe. So is watching the Moon, the stars, and your television. Publishing this nonsense is disgraceful.

    1. Seeprime said on January 26, 2023 at 8:27 pm

      Shaun Joost is a very confident writer that falls short of expression without solidity of thought. Words are cranked out without serious editorial review. He’s young. Hopefully, his manic style will be brought under control. Once he stops the emotional nonsense, he can grow as a writer.

    2. Anonymous said on January 26, 2023 at 5:36 pm

      This site has really gone downhill since the takeover.

  2. Naj4 said on January 26, 2023 at 3:16 pm

    I wonder if trucks will start to attack people…

  3. John G. said on January 26, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    I am without words to comment this article. Dinosaurs were reading the same articles 1M years ago, I suppose. Nothing to be remembered.

    1. Jek Porkins said on January 28, 2023 at 4:01 pm

      I was a dinosaur 1 million years ago and I can tell you we did not read articles about no comets. They read articles how competent the dinosaur government was and how our spaceships were protecting us from alien dinosaurs.

  4. shaunAI said on January 26, 2023 at 11:56 am

    lol, that’s kool!! when wheater updates?

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