NASA has recently alarmed the public of a discovered rare comet that will soon make an appearance in the night sky for the first time in 50,000 years.
The comet, Named C/2022 E3 (ZTF), has an orbit around the sun that passes through the outer reaches of the solar system, which is why it’s taken such a long journey — and long time — to swing by Earth again, according to The Planetary Society.
According to NASA, those in the Northern Hemisphere using telescopes and binoculars are advised to focus on the northeastern horizon just before midnight to spot it on January 12, according to EarthSky.
The icy object, which brightness as it approaches the sun, will make its closest way to the Earth between February 1 and February 2, which is around 26 million miles ’42 million kilometers’ away, from the earth, viewers will be able to spot it near the bright star Polaris, also called the North Star, and it should be visible earlier in the evening.
The comet is visible through binoculars in the morning sky for those in the Northern Hemisphere during January and those in the Southern Hemisphere in early February, according to NASA reports