Stargazers in the High Desert will have the opportunity to view a comet that is making its first appearance in nearly 50,000 years. 

Dubbed “C/2022 E3 (ZTF),” the comet made its closest approach to the sun last week and will appear in our sky between Feb. 1 and Feb. 2, when it makes its closest pass of Earth, NASA officials said. 

As the comet nears Earth, observers will be able to spot it in the late night or pre-dawn hours near the bright star Polaris, also called the North Star. The icy comet, which has steadily brightened as it approached the sun, will be seen as it passed nearly 26 million miles away. 

The comet, commonly called the “green comet” by many, won’t be as bright as other famous comets such as Halley’s or Hale-Bopp.

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