A rare comet, discovered recently is closely passing by from the earth, providing a mesmerizing view of the night sky. The comet is reported to be visible from July 14th onwards for next 2 weeks as it moves across the solar system.
THE COMET C/2020 F3 NEOWISE
The comet C/2020 F3 or called NEOWISE which was discovered on 27th March, 2020 will be appear in the north-western sky. It will remain visible to the naked eye for the next 20 days after the sunset for about 20 minutes. As informed by Subhendu Pattnaik, deputy director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Bhubaneswar.
Mr. Pattnaik told, the comet is expected to appear near the horizon about 20deg from it, in the north western sky. He also told that, ” in the evenings to follow, the comet screech over the sky will climb higher and for longer durations”.
The comet’s closer proximity from the sun has resulted in burning of dust and gas particles over its surface. Forming an even longer debris tale than usually comets have. The closest approach for the comet will be in about two weeks from us.
The scientists involved in the mission described it’s nucleus to covered with some soot like material. This sooty material dates back to the origin of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. The neowise comet is reported to be of a diameter of about 3 miles or around 5 kilometers.
It is expected to be visible with the naked eye in the dark sky with little or no pollution. Although, it is suggested to use binoculars to view the long tail, as reported by NASA. The astronauts that are aboard on the International Space Station have already caught a glimpse of it.
It is reported, that it’s reappearance is expected to be within next 7000 years.
Hence, it’s a good time to grab the brightest and longest look over it.