In the skies, above the Earth, a rare cosmic event is taking place. A comet known as Neowise was discovered in March and the same is now visible to naked eyes. It will remain for some days until mid-August. In 25 years, it is the brightest comet visible from the Northern Hemisphere. A trail of debris is created by the comet due to its close proximity to the Sun which causing dust and gas to burn off its surface.
The Comet is scientifically named as Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE. On July 3, it has passed close to the Sun and on July 23, it will approach the Earth. The Comet was spotted in March through the use of a NASA’s Neowise infrared space telescope. The Comet is named after the telescope. It is once in a lifetime opportunity to see the icy visitor on its visit to the central solar system for around 7000 years, it would not be seen again.
Joseph Masiero, NEOWISE deputy principal investigator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California said,” From its infrared signature, we can tell that it is about 5 kilometers across, and by combining the infrared data with visible-light images, we can tell that the comet’s nucleus is covered with sooty, dark particles leftover from its formation near the birth of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago.”
The comet can be better seen with binoculars, although it can be spotted with naked eyes in dark eyes by no light or little pollution. according to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canaria, the best time to see the comet is before dawn. The comet can be best seen for around half an hour before daylight comes out fully. The comet will disappear from view after July 22 as it will begin fading and travel away.