Comet NEOWISE set to make its closest approach to Earth

Comet NEOWISE set to make its closest approach to Earth

"I'd say that the comet's nucleus is about as bright as a star of magnitude +3.6, and at least 5 degrees of tail was visible in my 12x binoculars".

Just days after a photographer captured the Comet NEOWISE over Stonehenge, another photographer snapped an image of the celestial body over another iconic United Kingdom site, Windsor Castle.

The comet survived its latest closest approach to the sunshine, and is now headed again toward the outer photo voltaic program.

The space agency said Comet NEOWISE was the brightest comet to come into view of earth since Hale-Bopp in March 1997, which was encouraging news to backyard astronomers who were disappointed by the faintness of Halley's Comet in 1986, or Kohoutek, which was barely visible to anyone except the final Skylab space station crew in the winter of 1973. By the time you read this, the rocky ice ball will actually be passing quite close to the Earth - in astronomical terms, that is - at 64 million miles away.

"With the constant increase of light pollution in the night sky the observation of comets with the naked eye is becoming much rarer".

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Formerly named C/2020 F3, the comet has been travelling for 6,800 years according to experts. Find a location absent from town lights with an unobstructed see of the sky, NASA implies. That tail is like a wind vane, revealing the course the "solar wind" is sweeping absent substance shed by the comet.

It also will continue to move out of the northwest sky toward the west - but it also will move higher in the night sky.

Comet NEOWISE is seen, upper left, before sunrise over Washington, Sunday, July 12, 2020. Comet Neowise takes about 6,800 years to make one lap around its long, stretched out orbit, so it won't visit the inner solar system again for many thousands of years.

"You put a pair of binoculars on it or you put a camera on it and you take like a 20-second exposure photograph with it, you will see it's spectacular", Siegel said.

However, owing to various circumstances, if you haven't managed to spot it yet, there are a couple of smartphone apps, available on both Android and iOS, which may help you spot the bearings of the comet, and in turn, help you tilt your telescopes towards the right direction.

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