Stunning images have been captured of a once-in-a-lifetime comet over the skies of Norfolk.

C/2022 E3 (ZTF) has an orbit of 50,000 years, meaning it was last seen by Neanderthals in the Stone Age.

The comet moved into the inner solar system and was closest to Earth on Wednesday, February 1.

Eastern Daily Press: The comet over Terrington St ClementThe comet over Terrington St Clement (Image: Neil Wilson)

Neil Wilson captured images of the comet from his back garden in Terrington St Clement on January 17 at 2am.

Andrew Green also captured the comet on January 31 from North Walsham. 

The comet has a bright green glow as a result of ultraviolet radiation from the sun lighting up the gases surrounding the comet’s surface.

Eastern Daily Press: The comet captured by NASAThe comet captured by NASA (Image: NASA)

It can currently be spotted in the north sky and was most visible when it was closest to earth.

C/2022 E3 (ZTF) may still be visible to the naked eye in areas with minimal light pollution but in most areas, it will be dim.

It will reduce in visibility as it now moves away from Earth, not to return for another 50,000 years.