A photographer in Italy captured the picture of a lifetime by taking a photo showing two astronomical phenomena, including a striated comet and “bright at night” clouds.
At the top of the nearly 11,500-foot-high Hochfeiler Mountain in the South Tyrolean Alps in Italy, Martin Rietze captured the image of the comet NEOWISE and the noctilucent clouds, reports SWNS.
The comet, also known as C / 2020 F3, was discovered in March by NASA’s NEOWISE space telescope.
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Noctilucent clouds occur when astronomical light is reflected on the ice in the clouds.
The comet, which can be seen with the naked eye, has been visible since July 7, NASA said on its website.
“Around the middle of the month, the comet is visible about 10 degrees above the northeast horizon (the width of your outstretched fist) in the hour before dawn,” added the space agency. “From mid-July, it is best to see it as an evening object, rising more and more above the northwest horizon. ”
NASA notes that the closest comet approach to Earth will take place on July 22, at a distance of approximately 64 million miles.
“The comet takes around 6,800 years to circle its long, elongated orbit, so it will not visit the inner solar system for several thousand years,” the agency said on its website.
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James Rogers of Fox News contributed to this story.