Comet C/2022 A2 (Pan-STARRS) passes close by the sun this weekend

A greenish comet streaks through the night sky.


While all eyes have been on the famous green comet, formally named C/2022 E3 (ZTF), another comet has been zooming past our planet.

The comet C/2022 A2 (Pan-STARRS) made its closest approach to Earth on Jan. 17, and it’s about to hit perihelion, or the closest point to the sun in its orbit, on Sunday, Feb. 18. Unfortunately, this comet will likely only be visible for skywatchers with a large telescope.