Something Wicked (Cool) This Way Comes

(Image of the comet ZTF’s trail in the night sky with dates from

For the first time in 50,000 years, a comet will be passing by our little planet. A comet is a ball of ice and rock that is caught in our Sun’s gravitational pull. Some, like Halley’s Comet, can be seen regularly every 75 to 79 years. Others have orbits centuries long. As the comet gets closer to our star, the energy from our star starts melting part of the comet. The comet’s “tail” is a debris trail that points away from our star as it is melted off of the comet. These cosmic events have been witnessed by humans since our kind first looked at the stars and wondered.

Called “Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF)” by scientist, it is a once in a life time experience to see something that has not come our way since the age of mammoths and Ice Age humans.

It will be brightest on the morning February 1st just before dawn. You can see it with the naked eye and find it located in the north-western sky. You can get more information in the link below to the Star Walk 2 website. Don’t miss this cosmic spectacle!

About Curtis Decker

Happy to be here and to open the library to all in need. I love talking about stories, drawing, farming, and hiking. Come in for books, conversations, and to share in the atmosphere of our historic small town library. A magical place of stories and wonder.
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