Comet Neowise is putting on a spectacular show!

Comet Neowise by Padraig Houlahan

Comet Neowise by Padraig Houlahan, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

The Comet Neowise (C/2020 F3), a long-period visitor to the inner solar system is giving viewers in the Northern hemisphere a spectacular show. NEOWISE was discovered by the Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) space telescope earlier this year. This icy, dirt and snowball with a gassy tail made its closest approach to the sun on July 3 and is now en route back to the outer solar system. It will be closest to Earth on July 22 but will not return for roughly 6,800 years.

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Comet Neowise positional map by Eddie Irizarry using Stellarium

Comet Neowise positional map by Eddie Irizarry using Stellarium

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