Comet Neowise spotted streaking over United Kingdom skies

Comet Neowise spotted streaking over United Kingdom skies

Comet Neowise spotted streaking over United Kingdom skies

Bad W'rishofe: The comet Neowise or C/2020 F3 is seen before sunrise over the Allg'u landscape, in Bad W'rishofen, Bavaria, Sunday. In the Northern Hemisphere, we've mostly missed the morning view of the comet, but in the next week or so (14-19 July) the comet will be visible with the naked eye (but best seen with a small telescope or even binoculars) about an hour and a half after sunset. The sun heated up much of the comet's icy makeup, erupting in a large debris trail of gas and dust.

"It's one of the comets of the decade", said Ottawa's Gary Boyle, who writes the The Backyard Astronomer column for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Comets are frozen leftovers from the formation of the solar system composed primarily of dust, rock and ice. "That's when they're usually discovered", Boyle explained. Researchers hope to utilize WISPR's photographs to examine the size of dust grains within the dust tail and the rate at which the comet discharges dust. "That's what's happening now".

NEOWISE has been visible for some time now, but the comet reached its peak Sunday, McClatchy News reported.

Since NASA says this comet takes approximately 6,800 years to complete its journey around the sun, it won't be visible again in our lifetime. "So get out and enjoy this nearly once in a lifetime event", he said.

She said: "It's visible low on the horizon, in the north, and can be seen with the naked eye".

The twin tails of comet NEOWISE can be spotted more clearly in WISPR's images, which have been processed to enhance contrast and eliminate excess brightness from scattered sunlight, unveiling more detail in the comet tails.

"Your DLR cameras, your Canons or your Nikons on a tripod". "Atomic sodium responds to sunlight in a similar way to cometary dust, but its momentum kick comes from a very particular wavelength of yellow light - the same colour seen in sodium vapour street lamps", said Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Jeffrey Morgenthaler.

But late sleepers need not worry - the comet will start appearing in the evening, just after sunset, starting Saturday.

The comet will be its closest to the Earth on 23 July but will still be about 64m miles (103m km) away, according to astronomy site EarthSky. For a point of reference, Boyle recommends that people look towards the Big Dipper constellation over the next several days.

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