Comet Neowise walks past Earth, providing a spectacular spectacle

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Par: AP | Cap Canaveral, Floride |

Posted: Jul 11, 2020 1:14:46 p.m.





Comet Neowise hovers over the horizon in the early morning sky seen up close from the panoramic view of the Colorado National Monument west of Grand Junction. (Photo credit: AP)
A newly discovered comet passes in front of Earth, offering a breathtaking nighttime spectacle after buzzing the sun and widening its tail.

Comet Neowise – the brightest comet visible in the Northern Hemisphere in a quarter of a century – swept Mercury’s orbit a week ago. Its immediate proximity to the sun burned the dust and gas on its surface and created an even larger tail of debris. Now the comet is heading for us, with the closest approach in two weeks.
Comet Neowise, NASA, Neowise, Neowise telescope, Neowise closest to earth, Neowise from space, Neowise closest to the sun, Neowise observation, latest Neowise observation, trend news, Indian Express news Comet NEOWISE or C / 2020 F3 is seen over Salgotarjan, Hungary, early Friday July 10, 2020. It passed closest to the Sun on July 3 and its closest approach to Earth will take place on July 23 . (Photo credit: AP)
NASA’s Neowise infrared space telescope discovered the comet in March.

Scientists involved in the mission said the comet is approximately 5 km in diameter. Its core is covered with soot which dates back to the origin of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago.

The comet will be visible across the Northern Hemisphere until mid-August, when it returns to the external solar system. Although visible to the naked eye in a dark sky with little to no light pollution, binoculars are needed to see the long tail, according to NASA.
Comet Neowise, NASA, Neowise, Neowise telescope, Neowise closest to earth, Neowise from space, Neowise closest to the sun, Neowise observation, latest Neowise observation, trend news, Indian Express news Comet NEOWISE or C / 2020 F3 is seen above Cered, Hungary, Monday, July 6, 2020. (Photo credit: AP)
It will take approximately 7,000 years before the comet returns, “so I wouldn’t suggest waiting for the next pass,” said NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory deputy chief investigator Joe Masiero in Pasadena, California. .
He said it was the brightest comet since the mid-1990s for star observers in the northern hemisphere.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have already caught a glimpse.
Comet Neowise, NASA, Neowise, Neowise telescope, Neowise closest to earth, Neowise from space, Neowise closest to the sun, Neowise observation, latest Neowise observation, trend news, Indian Express news In this image published by NASA, comet Neowise, on the left, is seen over the eastern horizon above Earth in this image taken from the International Space Station on Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Photo credit: AP)
NASA’s Bob Behnken shared a spectacular photo of the comet on social media last Thursday, showing Central Asia in the background and the space station in the foreground.

“Stars, cities, spaceships and a comet!” He tweeted from orbit.

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