Comet NEOWISE Brightens the Night in Stunning Space Station Video

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 20, 2020

Make sure to have your eyes to the skies as Comet Neowise, which has the official name C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), won't be visible again for another 6,800 years. The icy visitor was discovered on March 27, 2020, by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft as the comet was headed toward the Sun. The webcast is a possibility for skywatchers in the Southern Hemisphere (exactly where Comet NEOWISE is not obvious) to see the comet, and an chance for other stargazers afflicted by town lights or cloudy skies. NEOWISE is an abbreviated form for objects that are in space but closer to Earth. It may be hard to see with the naked eye, so using binoculars is highly recommended. At the moment, the comet is to the bottom right of the Big Dipper. Throughout July, Comet NEOWISE has been providing professional and amateur astronomers with a spectacular view. While you may be able to see it with your naked eye, you might want to bring binoculars or a small telescope.

Recently, social media specialist Bill Dunford from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) shared the details on how to photograph the rarely seen comet in the night sky. "We are going to be telling viewers how they can see it from their backyards, and Slooh customers will proceed to look at it in Slooh's live telescope sights each and every night this week". The image above shows the comet's position at 11pm each night from July 15 (marker 2) through to July 25 (marker 12). Take a test shot, and adjust your exposure and ISO settings as necessary.

But you don't need expensive camera gear to take a photo of Comet NEOWISE - you can take an impressive photo using just your phone. The decrease, broader tail is the comet's dust tail, though the thinner, upper tail is the comet's ion tail. And if you're in a dark enough location, you'll see the comet's faint blue gas tail, produced by interactions with solar wind. Aurora and comet photograph by Donna Lach, used with permission.

The NASA has further said that NEOWISE will be closest to earth between July 22 and July 23 when it will be 64 million miles or 103 million kilometres from earth's orbit, adding that it will be visible 45 to 60 minutes before the sunrise towards the northeast of the sky. Go out and enjoy the view while it lasts, because there probably won't be a comet as good as this for a long time.

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