When will the newly discovered comet be closest to the sun next week?

Earth’s night sky receives a surprise visitor this month.

Comet C/2022 E3 ZTF will make its closest approach to both Earth and the Sun in the coming weeks. The comet was first spotted in March 2022 by astronomers at the Zwicky Transient Facility, part of the California Institute of Technology’s Palomar Observatory, when it was 399 million miles (643 million kilometers) from the Sun, just inside Jupiter’s orbit. Since then, comet C/2022 E3 ZTF has moved much closer to the Sun and Earth.

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