Earth to Comet…..’Thanks for The Show’
Dear Earthlings. Meet C2020 F3 NEOWISE. Astronomers discovered a comet, known as Comet C2020 F3 NEOWISE, back in March. It was named by the NASA mission that spotted it. NEOWISE is an acronym for Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
The NASA mission’s main objective was to find as many near-Earth asteroids as possible especially those that could be potentially hazardous to our planet. And find they did when they spotted Neowise.
It measures about 3 miles across and is considered a fairly large comet which will provide sky-watchers with a spectacular view from Earth. Scientists believe it to be some 4.6 billion years old. The opportunity to see the comet is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience
The comet, which has a bright opulent tail, has been putting on a stunning show in the early hours before sunrise in the Northern Hemisphere.
The comet can be visible just after sunset. To view it, people in the Northern Hemisphere can look to the northwestern sky, just below Ursa Major, commonly known as the Big Dipper constellation.
Scientists say the comet will be visible across the Northern Hemisphere for about a month. It may be visible with the naked eye, but NASA recommends using binoculars or a telescope to spot its long tail.
Newowise's closest approach to Earth comes on July 22, at a distance of about 64 million miles.
By the way, if you miss it this year, it will be about 7,000 years before the comet returns, so don’t miss out on the wonderful opportunity