APOD: Comet ZTF: Orbital Plane Crossing (2023 Jan 27)

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APOD: Comet ZTF: Orbital Plane Crossing (2023 Jan 27)

Post by APOD Robot » Fri Jan 27, 2023 5:05 am

Image Comet ZTF: Orbital Plane Crossing

Explanation: The current darling of the northern night, Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF is captured in this telescopic image from a dark sky location at June Lake, California. Of course Comet ZTF has been growing brighter in recent days, headed for its closest approach to Earth on February 1. But this view was recorded on January 23, very close to the time planet Earth crossed the orbital plane of long-period Comet ZTF. The comet's broad, whitish dust tail is still curved and fanned out away from the Sun as Comet ZTF sweeps along its orbit. Due to perspective near the orbital plane crossing, components of the fanned out dust tail appear on both sides of the comet's green tinted coma though, to lend Comet ZTF a visually striking (left) anti-tail. Buffeted by solar activity the comet's narrower ion tail also streams away from the coma diagonally to the right, across the nearly three degree wide field of view.

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Re: APOD: Comet ZTF: Orbital Plane Crossing (2023 Jan 27)

Post by Ann » Fri Jan 27, 2023 5:17 am

Two-tailed comet, green and yellow-white. Two-tailed cat, black.

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Re: APOD: Comet ZTF: Orbital Plane Crossing (2023 Jan 27)

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Jan 27, 2023 3:51 pm

I hope we get some nice photos of this distant visitor! Today's photo is very nice! 8-)
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