C/2020 V2 ZTF

Closest to Sun on 2023 May 8 at 2.22AU
Closest to Earth on 2023 Sep 18 at 1.85AU.
Maximum magnitude 9.0 in Sep 2023.
Orbital period: N/A Parabolic (dynamically new)



This large but distant comet was favourably visible for southerners at its closest approach in September 2023.

At the start of August 2023, the magnitude 9.5 comet was in the morning sky in the constellation of Cetus,
about 2 degrees East of Alpha Ceti. It moved into Eridanus on August 16.

At the start of September, the magnitude 9 comet rose in the late evening,
but was best seen in the morning sky in the constellation of Cetus, near the border with Eridanus.
Moonlight interfered until September 5.
The comet steadily gained altitude during evening hours and reached opposition at the end of the month.
On September 13, it was 1 degree NW of magnitude 11 galaxy NGC 908.
The comet moved into Fornax from September 19 and then into Sculptor from September 27.

At the start of October, the magnitude 10.0 comet was situated in Sculptor, in the south-eastern evening sky
but best seen closer to midnight when at a higher altitude.
On October 14, it rendezvoued with NGC 300, a magnitude 8.8 galaxy in Sculptor.



From October 20, moonlight started to interfere, when the now magnitude 10.5 comet was situated in Phoenix.
On October 29, the comet was situated 2.5 degrees south of magnitude 8 edge-on galaxy NGC 55 in Sculptor.
Interestingly, the comet was also on-edge as Earth crossed the comets orbital plane on the 26th.

At the start of November, the now magnitude 10.5 comet was well situated high in evening skies,
trekking westwards through Phoenix.
Between November 13-15, it was within 30 of magnitude 12.8 galaxy NGC 7744

During December 2023, the magnitude 11.5 comet had a great rendezvous with the Grus Quartet of galaxies.
NGC 7582/90/99 and NGC7552 as can be seen in the below image.



other photos of C/202 V2 ZTF







C/2020 V2 ZTF passage between 2023 November 3, 4, and 6.