The naked eye comet C/2022 E3 has been causing quite the stir in 2023 thus far. On Sunday (Feb. 5) skywatchers who haven't spotted the bright comet yet will get an excellent opportunity to do so as it passes the star, Capella, also known as the \"Goat Star.\"
Capella, Latin for \"nanny goat,\" also has the alternative name \"Alpha Aurigae\" due to the fact that it is the brightest star in the northern constellation of Auriga, the Charoiteer. In addition to this, Capella is also the sixth brightest star in the sky above Earth. It's pushed down to seventh place if the sun is included in that ranking, however.
That makes the Goat Star, which is prominent on winter evenings, a great guide to assist in spotting the green comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF). During winter, the gold-hued star is high in the sky late in the evening. (Don't miss our gallery of amazing comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) photos by skywatchers while you search.)
Though Capella may appear as one star in the night sky to the naked eye it is actually composed of a system of four stars located around 42 light-years away from Earth; two systems that contain large binary stars, and two faint binary dwarf stars.
One of the binaries, the primary or \"A\" star of the Capella system consists of Capella Aa and Capella Ab, both giant yellow stars with masses around 2.5 times the size of the sun and are reaching the end of their natural lives after exhausting the hydrogen at their core, the fuel for nuclear fusion. This has led to them swelling out to around 10 times the size of the sun.
If you're hoping to catch C/2022 E3 (ZTF) as it visits Capella, our guides for the best telescopes and best binoculars are a great place to start. If you're looking to snap photos of the green comet, check out our guide on how to view and photograph comets, as well as our best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography.
While looking at the sky charts, pay attention not only to the comet itself but also to the stars and planets surrounding it. They are much more prominent, so it will be easier to find them first and then spot a comet nearby.
As the video game world descended on Los Angeles for E3, the industry's annual media showcase/hype machine, there's plenty of Seattle presence: Microsoft, Nintendo, Valve, and a slew of smaller publishers. One face we weren't expecting to see at E3: local singer-songwriter Shelby Earl. But the Seattle Met favorite surprisingly popped up as the star of Rock Band 4's debut trailer during the Microsoft press conference. Earl rocks out on the rhythmic video game's plastic guitar and lets herself get lost in the fantasy of playing actual shows with an actual guitar (it's like she's done that before or something). Rock Band 4 comes out for the XBox One and Playstation 4 on October 4.
On top of that, not only can players modify the look of their characters, they can also develop them through a variety of systems to grow and improve. Choosing a race is a good way to start. Each race has its pros and cons, so take time to make a choice for your unique main character.
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\"We are excited to give players a deeper look at Starlink: Battle for Atlas, the first all-new property from Ubisoft Toronto,\" said the studio's creative director, Laurent Malville. \"Starlink is a project born from the passion of our collective team, and the opportunity to work directly with Nintendo to bring Star Fox to our universe is a dream come true. We believe the Atlas open star system is a perfect playground for Fox to explore and hope players will too.\"
A Starter Pack edition of Starlink will be available at launch that comes with a copy of the game, a starship, a pilot, a \"variety\" of weapons, a controller mount, and a poster. It's priced at $75 and is available for pre-order now.
A few files also seem to contain remnants from either a very early version of Diddy Kong Racing or a proposed sequel to it! Several hundred textures from this project can be found in \"TEX.bin\" and it's possible that \"TRACKS.bin\" contains two level models from it. Dinosaur Planet started out as a sequel to DKR, which may explain how these files ended up on the disc.
Astonishingly the files also contain a second unused underground area of Dragon Rock with the internal name \"Dragon Rock - Bottom\" (or \"dragrockbot\")! It's a revamped equivalent of the area leading up to the Kamerian Heart boss room in the N64 version of the level. It features a unique puzzle involving a pushcart, electrical arcs, powered railtracks, switchable railway junctions, a flamethrower pushblock, and explosive barrels. After solving the puzzle Fox gains access to a portal which warps him to Drakor's boss fight. The area is accessed via a long dark railway tunnel which is partly included in the map. The other end of this tunnel was presumably once located near the CloudRunner jail since this is where the tunnel starts in the N64 version, but the underground area must have been recently scrapped by this build since there's no way to access it from the surface. The area's puzzle can't be solved as intended since the pushcart won't move, but it can be cheated by grabbing an explosive barrel out of the air just before it crashes into the ground. It's currently unclear whether the room's elements weren't fully implemented or if they're just misbehaving due to invalid game progress flags - it does warp you to Drakor if you pull the control room switch after detonating a barrel beside the boss door, but the cutscene is extremely glitchy.
The kiosk disc's files include a texture pack and a number of 3D models which are leftover from an early version of Diddy Kong Racing. They're likely on the disc because Dinosaur Planet started out its development as a sequel to Diddy Kong Racing featuring Timber the Tiger and Wizpig, before gradually evolving into its more familiar form as an adventure game. Incidentally, this is why some of Dinosaur Planet and Star Fox Adventures' internal files refer to Sabre/Fox as \"Timber\". It's also possible that some or all of these files are very early assets from DKR1's development, which ended up in Dinosaur Planet's build folder for the same reason. 59ce067264