Spacecat has made arrangements in Male’ and Hulhumale’ to view the ‘Green Comet’ - passing by earth for the first time in 50,000 years.
An official who spoke with Sun on behalf of Spacecat said that this was a special opportunity for those stargazers, and that their aim was providing viewing opportunity for as many as possible.
For those viewing from Male’, telescopes will be placed from 2000hrs, Tuesday night onwards at Fishermen’s Park.
Meanwhile for residents of Hulhumale’ the telescope will be placed at 2000hrs on Wednesday night, in the area second phase, where World Cup match viewing a took place.
There will be no payments taken to view the comet from these telescopes.
Additionally, Spacecat reveled that as viewing is ongoing, arrangements have been made to provide information about the comet, and people can also inquire more information.
Spacecat further said that the green comet will be visible to areas in Maleves until February 8, and on darker nights with less light, there are chances of being visible to the naked eye.
green-hued comet that has been lurking in the night sky for months is expected to be the most visible to stargazers this week as it gradually passes Earth for the first time in about 50,000 years.
The visiting cosmic body will be passing earth at a distance of about 42.5 million kilometers.
Comets are made up of a solid rocky core, ice and dust and are blanketed by a thin and gassy atmosphere. The ice and dust in the atmospheric layer melt as it approaches the sun, hence a stream of gas and dust is released, thus forming a cloudy and outward-facing tail.
The specific comet passing - formally named C/2022 E3 (ZTF), was discovered on March 2, 2022, by astronomers using the Zwicky Transient Facility telescope at Caltech's Palomar Observatory in San Diego.
Its chemical composition leads to emission of a greenish, emerald hue, earning the more common moniker - green comet.