An Astronaut's View Of Comet Neowise Rising Above Earth In 4K

While it's visible just above the horizon right now, over the next week it'll rise higher and higher in the sky as it inches closer to Earth, until it reaches its closest point on July 23.

Until recently, the best time to see Neowise was about an hour before sunrise.

On March 27th, 2020 another comet was discovered and named NEOWISE.

NEOWISE comes to us from the distant outer reaches of the solar system, having spent most of its life in a frigid field of icy bodies.

If you have some burning questions about Neowise, NASA is hosting a teleconference whereby the public and media can pose their comet conundrums to a panel of experts from NASA, JPL, and the NEOWISE mission.

"It is a periodic comet, so it does make long loops around the sun".

Comets are cosmic snowballs of frozen gases, rock and dust that orbit the Sun in a highly elliptical path.

On July 3, Neowise survived its closest approach to the sun, which also gave it more of a visible tail.

A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail.

Since being discovered in March, Neowise has been spotted by several NASA spacecraft, including Parker Solar Probe, NASA's Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory, the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, and astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Comets retain the building blocks of planets in their frozen ice and can provide scientists with important information about our origins.

"From its infrared signature, we can tell that it is about 5 kilometers [3 miles] 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", said Joseph Masiero, NEOWISE deputy principal investigator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

July 14 onwards, the comet will be visible in the evening sky and can be seen with naked eye. It is now bright enough to be visible to the naked eye and will be making its closest approach to planet Earth on July 23 (July 23, 2020, 01:14 UT). For those watching from India, look at northwestern sky-20 degrees from the horizon, after sunset. While NEOWISE, which will look like a faint star with a short tail, will be visible to the unaided eye, binoculars or a small telescope will significantly enhance the display.

Comet NEOWISE gets its identify from NASA's Around-Earth Object Extensive-area Infrared Study Explorer (NEOWISE), a place-based mostly infrared telescope focused to looking out for potentially harmful asteroids and comets. Astronomy educator Jeffrey Hunt told CNET, "Step outside early in the morning, at least an hour before sunrise". They look like overly bright stars.

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