Green Comet India: How and when to watch the green comet

Witnessing Green Comet will be once in a lifetime event tonight!

A green comet called C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is currently passing through our solar system and is said to enter Earth’s orbit tonight i.e. February 1st. This will give you the best view of the rare comet, which will be closest to our planet. The comet is said to have a greenish-tinged, hence the name green comet, with a tadpole-shaped tail that stretches for millions of kilometres. This spectacle will potentially be visible to the naked eye under the right conditions. In this article, we take a look at how, where, and when you can watch the Green Comet in the sky in India today.

How to watch the Green Comet

The expected position of Green Comet (Image credit: In the Sky)

The Green Comet or C/2022 E3 (ZTF) will be only 42 million kilometres away from Earth’s surface at its closest point. The last time the comet came this close to Earth was when Neanderthals (ancient human species) were still around, which is about 2,00,000 years ago.

While the Green Comet is likely to be visible to the naked eye (provided there is no disturbance of air and city lights), it is better to get binoculars or a telescope for a better experience.

When and where to watch the Green Comet

Green comet

The Green Comet will be visible in the sky from around 9:30 PM today in several parts of India and across the world.

For maximum visibility of the comet, move to an area with clear and dark skies to avoid interference from air pollution and other sources of light. In order to spot the comet and its trails, look towards the Camelopardalis constellation and you will be able to see a unique greenish tinge in the sky. Now, to pinpoint Camelopardalis’s location, download an AR-based constellation finder app such as Constellation Map. Simply open the app and point your mobile toward the sky to know where the Green comet will appear.


What is a comet?

A comet is a huge celestial object made up of ice and dust with a long tail that originated billions of years ago during the development of stars and planets. Comets may be as large a town that may break down with time when orbiting around the Sun. These huge chunks of dust can be as large as a city at its peak size.