Hyderabad: Osmania University’s astronomy department will carry out imaging of the greenish C/2022 E3 (ZTF) comet before dawn on February 2, when it will be closest to the earth. The comet was last seen about 50,000 years ago.
Astronomy head of department Dr D. Shanti Priya said the imaging will be done at the Japal Rangapur observatory which is located 15 km from Ibrahimpatnam by students between 4 am and 5 am. The comet will not be visible to the naked eye.
Until the imaging is done, it cannot be said if the comet’s ‘tail’ will be visible because it is not known how it has changed its course after passing close to the sun, Dr Shanti Priya said. A small tail was visible during the department’s imaging a few days ago.