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Comet ZTF, after passing the Sun, is imaged as it began to approach our Earth.
We see the comet developing a longer tail, plus an anti-tail is appearing due to the Earth's crossing of the comet's orbital plane!
Green coma, anti-tale, and a long ion tale can be seen as the comet nears our planet!
A beautiful comet, in all its glory, is imaged just 5 hours prior to closest approach to Earth on Feb 1st at 27 million miles away and moving at a staggering 129,600 MPH!
Comet ZTF closest approach to the planet Mars (Feb 10th), with the Pleiades to the right and the bright star Aldebaran down below. Note the greenish-white streak above the yellow star Aldebaran below - this is a STARLINK-3982 satellite passing through the field of stars!
Same as the last photo except with a more powerful lens (Feb 10th).
Close-up of just the comet and the planet Mars with the most powerful lens I have (Feb 10th).
Look how much the comet has changed positions in the sky one day later, on February 11, now well below the planet Mars!
The comet is now passing the bright star Aldebaran, with Mars at the top left and the Pleiades towards the upper right. This was taken on the night of February 14th.
Comet ZTF says "farewell" as it fades away from our Earth and we see the star Aldebaran with the beautiful Hyades Cluster nearby the star.