Alberta skywatchers share photos of comet NEOWISE as it flies over Earth

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The skies over Alberta have been lit up by comet NEOWISE in recent days as the space object passes through Earth as part of its orbit.The comet NEOWISE C / 2020 F3 was discovered in March by NASA’s NEOWISE mission – this is how the comet got its informal name – and has caught the attention of sky observers in the past month.

According to NASA, the comet crosses the Earth in a “long elongated orbit”, which takes it to the external solar system and returns to the sun over a period of about 6,800 years.

The comet is currently the most visible just before dawn in the northern hemisphere. However, as July continues, NASA says it will become more visible as an evening object.

Albertans from the Calgary and Edmonton areas shared some of their photos with Global News and on social media.

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A photo of comet NEOWISE taken in southern Alberta by Jordan Wiscombe.


Courtesy / Jordan Wiscombe


A photo of the comet taken near Balzac, Alta.

A photo of the comet taken near Balzac, Alta.


Courtoisie / Eric Epie


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The comet will be closest to Earth on July 22, when it is approximately 103 million kilometers away.

It is currently easier to see before dawn just above the horizon when looking northeast, but after July 15 it will be best seen in the northwest sky just after sunset, according to NASA.

Comet NEOWISE is one of 3650 confirmed by NASA.

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