Resident captures 'Neowise' comet over the Okanagan
Jul 14 2020
C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) has a split tail that you can see in numerous photos of the comet that have made it to social media, including this one from NASA.
There are plenty more great shots of this comet floating around on the internet, but none replicate the experience of seeing it for yourself.
"Through about the middle of the month, the comet is visible around 10 degrees above the northeastern horizon (the width of your outstretched fist) in the hour before dawn", the space agency added.
It's now easiest to see before dawn just above the horizon looking northeast, but after July 15 will then be best viewed in the northwest sky just after sunset, according to NASA.
All across Kent, Comet Neowise can be seen low to the horizon just before sunrise and after sunset.
A statement from Nasa reads: "A comet has suddenly become visible to the unaided eye".
Comet NEOWISE has begun transferring absent from the Sunlight, but it truly is now on its way in direction of Earth, with its closest tactic using location on 22 July.
Comet NEOWISE - formally known as Comet C/2020 F3 - was discovered on March 27, 2020 by a space observatory 326 miles (525 km) above Earth: the Near Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, also known as NEOWISE, hence the comet's common name.
As they race through the solar system, comets are followed by two tails - one of gas and one of duty debris - that are lit up by the Sun.
Steven Elliot, a resident who captured the event, mentioned the comet put on a "spectacular show". After that, it will continue its travels across the solar system, completing an orbit that will take around 4,500 years.
The comet is expected to start fading away as it enters the outer parts of the solar system in August.
Mr Smith tried to capture an image of the comet from Gibbs Hill Lighthouse in Southampton the night before but was foiled by cloud cover.
It will be about 7,000 years before the comet returns, "so I wouldn " t suggest waiting for the next pass", said the telescope " s deputy principal investigator Joe Masiero of NASA " s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.