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Green kite, LIVE: what time can you see it tonight in Argentina


On the night of this February 5th it will reach its maximum sharpness. The transmission minute by minute.

It is one of the most anticipated sightings of the year.

The green comet, the celestial body that was first discovered almost a year ago, is close to Earth for the first time in

50,000 years


green comet

could be seen in

both hemispheres

thanks to its intense green glow, which is produced by the

melting of the ice in its nucleus

as it approaches the Sun.

This was what caused it to release a

tail of gases and dust

, which is visible to the naked eye due to its intense color.

Named by scientists as C/2022 E3 (ZTF), the

green comet


transiting in Jupiter's orbit

 when it was discovered in March 2022 with a telescope from the

Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF)

astronomical project in California, United States.

What will the passage of the green comet be like?

According to NASA, the

green comet

last visited us in Neanderthal times.

This 2023 will come within

42 million kilometers

(26 million miles) on Wednesday, February 1 before receding again, probably not to return for

millions of years


The green comet was discovered just under a year ago.

Photo: Shutterstock

Discovered less than a year ago, the harmless

green comet

is visible in the night sky only with binoculars or small telescopes, and possibly with the naked eye in the darkest corners of

the Northern Hemisphere


On its way,

it will grow brighter

as it approaches our planet and rises higher above the horizon until the end of January.

The best hours to see it will be shortly before


While many comets have graced the sky in the past year, "this one appears to be a bit


and therefore a bit


and comes a bit closer to Earth's orbit," the comet and asteroid guru said. from NASA,

Paul Chodas



green comet

will pass between the orbits of

Earth and Mars

on February 1 at a relative speed of 207,000 km/h (128,500 mph).



is estimated to be 1,600 meters (one mile) in diameter and its


extend millions of kilometers (miles).

Green kite: when and at what time will it be seen in Argentina

As we said, the green comet began to be visible

from the end of January

and will remain so until



There will be two different viewing periods.

From January 20 to 31, those who live in the northern hemisphere and different tropical latitudes had the opportunity to enjoy it.


from February 1 to 10

, it will be best seen in the

southern hemisphere

, including Argentina. 

Although it has been around us for several weeks, it is only after the night of this

February 5

that it will be seen clearly and clearly in the Argentine sky and other countries in the southern hemisphere.

“February 2 is going to be the day that passes closest to earth.

Between February 5 and 7

are good days to be able to observe it from the southern hemisphere.

Around the end of January, it was better seen in the northern hemisphere,” explained Diego Bagú, an astronomer at the National University of La Plata, in dialogue with


10 p.m.

, you have to look north, at the constellation Auriga.



indicates , it can be observed with the help of binoculars in cities and

with the naked eye

 in skies with no light pollution.

What gives the comet its green color?





formed by dust, stones and frozen gases, which circulate at the limits of

the solar system


However, sometimes they feel attracted to the Sun King.

When this happens, the heat from the star slowly begins to evaporate, so

a cloud called a coma and tail forms around it


In this case, the

green color

is due to the gases it contains, it is caused by the presence of

diatomic carbon

that absorbs the sun's ultraviolet rays.

It's not projected to look as bright as the

Neowise of 2020 or the Hale Bopp

and Hyakutake of the mid to late 1990s.

But "it will be bright by virtue of its close pass to Earth ... Which will allow scientists to do more experiments and people to see a beautiful comet," said Karen Meech, an astronomer at the University of Hawaii.

In Argentina, during the night of February 5, it will be seen more clearly.

Photo: Dan Bartlett/AP

So much so, that since it was discovered

the brightness of this green comet has increased

drastically, which is why astronomers estimate that it may

be visible without the aid of instruments.

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