If you missed the Bright Green Comet last month because of cloudy skies obscuring the view from Texas, do not fret. An even brighter comet is reportedly swinging by Earth next year.
Dubbed C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS), the frozen ball of dust and rock was first discovered by astronomers at the Purple Mountain Observatory in China on Jan. 9 and later detected by the Asteroid Terrestrial-Impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) in South Africa on Feb. 22, according to the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center. The center officially named the new celestial object on Feb. 28. Prediscovery images were also captured by a telescope at the Palomar Observatory in California on Dec. 12, 2022.