Peruvians José and Hugo Santivañez recorded the first photograph of comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) captured in Peru from an observatory in Huancayo
Peru is no stranger to one of the most important astronomical events of the year and, in fact, some compatriots have already left a great contribution to the community of space enthusiasts both in our country and in the rest of the world. The first photograph of comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) captured from national soil has been revealed.
Through its official Twitter account, the Geophysical Institute of Peru shared the feat of amateur astronomers José and Hugo Santivañez, who have already collaborated with the organization on previous occasions. According to what the publication indicates, the image was captured at 04:43 hours on January 12 from the Discovery Observatory and Planetarium from Huancayo.
As explained by NASA scientists, C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is a comet that was discovered in early March 2022 near the orbit of Jupiter by astronomers who participated in the Zwicky Transient Facility project, center astronomical research center located in San Diego, California. Its main characteristics are its green color and the fact that it can be seen once every 50,000 years.
Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) can be seen in the terrestrial sky between January and February 2023 and, due to how close it will be to our planet during this period, it will be visible from various parts of the world including Peru, although for now only through a telescope or specialized equipment due to its dim luminosity. Looking ahead to February, the celestial body can be seen with binoculars or even with the naked eye from dark places.
The people who live in the northern hemisphere of the Earth are the ones who will have the best opportunities to witness this astronomical event since they will be able to appreciate it with the naked eye as a greenish spot in the night sky until the beginning of February. In the case of Peru, the comet can already be seen but it depends a lot on the location and the specific dates.