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A new comet has emerged, but you’ll need to put forth some effort to notice it.

Comet C/2022 E3 swung past Earth on February 1. Comets are large bodies made of dust and ice. They orbit the sun in elliptical paths, accelerating as they approach perihelion. The frozen core of a comet is usually less than 10 miles wide. Comet C/2022 E3 was discovered by a pair of astronomers on March 2, 2022.

It’s believed that C2, or diatomic carbon, is present in the head of the comet. When excited by incoming solar radiation, it emits photons (packets of light).