Photos show comet NEOWISE streaking across Maine's night sky

Photos show comet NEOWISE streaking across Maine's night sky

Photos show comet NEOWISE streaking across Maine's night sky

Comet NEOWISE is having rave critiques from astronomers that have seen it this week.

Comet C/2020 F3, also known as Neowise, was discovered on March 27th by the space telescope known as NEOWISE, and has been visible to the naked eye for those who get up to see it in the early morning sky over the last several days or so. So morning visibility just before sunrise will diminish and, the good news is, Neowise will become more prominent in the evening sky after sunset. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code. Experts suggest going to the darkest area you can for best viewing. NEOWISE is a fairly large comet, about three miles across.

We require distinct skies to see the comet. As indicated in the illustration provided by NASA, comet NEOWISE will appear higher on the horizon until July 23, which is right after the comet reaches its closest distance to Earth. When far from the sun, comets are inert and lack their attractive dust tails, which can be 10 million miles long. It is hard to predict how comets will behave after their close shaves with the sun, as many comets have different chemical compositions and can react differently near approach.

However, after sunset, the comet will appear higher in the night sky, which will make it easier to see as the week goes on. If you're looking at the sky without the help of observation tools, Comet NEOWISE may look like a fuzzy star with a bit of a tail. The comet made its closest approach to the sun on July 3rd, 2020 and then emerged back around on its orbit on a path to exit our solar system.

It has been awhile since a comet was visible from Earth.

Over time, as the comet passes by our Sun every 7,000 years or so, it'll continue to lose mass until it finally disintegrates.

That's exactly what happened earlier this year to Comet SWAN, which was just barely visible to naked-eye viewers in the Southern Hemisphere, before fizzling as it rounded the sun.

Ok, so maybe you can't get out of NYC, but even this photographer caught in with the skyline lights, so it's definitely still worth a look!

A few more things that might blow your mind about this comet. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles.

Besides putting up a dazzling show, comets like NEOWISE, which are remnants from our solar system's creation, can also provide scientists with important clues about our origins. Thankfully we should have obvious skies Thursday evening and Friday night time at least.

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