The comets will be visible in the night sky of the Northern Hemisphere throughout July and are the most spectacular we have seen in more than two decades.
The comet Neowise was detected by a space telescope in late March. It is rare that she survived a close solar collision, walking at about the same distance as Mercury.
Closest to Earth, Neowise will be about 64 million miles away – or about 400 times farther than the Moon.
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“Visible without the eye”
A Nasa spokesman said: “The comet suddenly became visible to the naked eye.
“Comet 2020 F3 (Neowise) was detected in late March and illuminated when it approached the sun at the end of last week, in Mercury orbit.
The interplanetary iceberg has so far survived solar heating and is now approaching Earth as it embarks on a long journey back to the outer solar system.
“When Comet Neowise became one of the few comets of the 21st century with the naked eye, word spread quickly and the comet had already been photographed behind many famous places and cities around the world.”
How to Spot a Comet in Neowise |
You’ll have to get up early (or late) – in mid-July, Neowise is most visible about 80 minutes before sunrise. But if the sky is clear, you should see it all night.
The best way to notice this first is to look for the most famous constellation in the northern hemisphere sky; The plow is also known as The Big Dipper. Look east at night with little light pollution and you should see it.
Neowise will be below The Plow, about 10 degrees above the horizon.
The comet closest to Earth took place on July 23, when it was below and directly to the right of Plow.
July 25 He was right below her, continuing to move west and up a little.
Space.com advises, “The compressed fist, held at arm’s length, is about 10 degrees. So, this morning, the head of Comet Neowise will appear about “one fist” from the northeast horizon. “
The comet is getting farther from Earth, so you may need binoculars to see it in late July.
How to Shoot a Comet in Neowise |
If you want to take a good photo with Neowise, this will probably be the last week.
You’ll want to use a fairly long exposure to capture the comet as well as possible – about 5 to 10 seconds.
You should set the maximum, maximum aperture of the lens, as well as set a relatively high ISO – somewhere between 800 and 3,200.
If you don’t have an incredibly strong hand, you’ll need a tripod to make sure your image is clear.
In the foreground, find an interesting building or fragment of scenery that will give your photo an extra pop.