How to Watch Comet Neowise's Spectacular Show

Вторник, 14 Июл, 2020

From July 14, a comet discovered on March 27 named C/2020 F3 will appear in the North Western sky, Dr. Subhendu Pattnaik, Deputy Director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Odisha told news agency ANI. Tom Sarko, who grew up in Barton and worked for NASA, said the object will be in the northwestern sky about an hour or a little more after sunset, weather permitting, until it dims.

An extremely rare comet is expected to be visible from around the world this month, but Alaskans will be unlikely to catch a glimpse of it because of how bright the night sky is in the summer.

A statement from Nasa reads: "A comet has suddenly become visible to the unaided eye". This comet is visiting from the most distant parts of our solar system and for the next couple of weeks, could put on quite a show.

Mr Smith tried to capture an image of the comet from Gibbs Hill Lighthouse in Southampton the night before but was foiled by cloud cover.

The comet that has been unseen to the human eye for the last 6,800 years will finally make an appearance. It survived its closest encounter with the sun on July 3, and it's still going strong about 64 million miles from the Earth's surface.

Neowise captured above Dover Castle. Pic Greg Esson
Neowise captured above Dover Castle. Pic Greg Esson

The new comet got its name from the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer spacecraft, tasked with tracking asteroids, which sighted it in March.

We wonder what the comet will see next time it passes. Scientists involved in the mission said the comet is about five kilometres across and its nucleus is covered with sooty material dating back to the origin of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago.

Since being identified, NASA's Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory, the ESA/NASA Solar, Heliospheric Observatory, and astronauts aboard the International Space Station have spotted the icy rock.

Anyone who wants to catch a glimpse of the comet in person is advised to do so this month, as Dr Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society said "it won't come back for almost 7,000 years".