Stunning images of Comet Neowise that won’t return for 7,000 YEARS – and you can still see it for two weeks
COMET Neowise has been captured in some stunning images taken over the weekend.
The comet is currently heading past Earth and is only visible from the northern hemisphere this July.
— Peter Shah (@asteroidbelter) July 12, 2020
The comet pictured from the UK[/caption]
It’s set to reach its closest point to our planet on July 23.
Neowise was only discovered by Nasa in March, and will come as close as 103million km away.
That’s about four times further away than the Moon is.
Neowise over Stonehenge[/caption]
The comet was also spotted from Austria[/caption]
It won’t be heading past Earth again for thousands of years[/caption]
It leaves behind an icy vapour trail[/caption]
Neowise is known as a naked eye comet because lots of people have reported seeing it without needing equipment.
It’s currently said to be visible from mid-northern latitudes, including the UK and the US, just before sunrise and after sunset.
The comet is moving in a westerly direction across the sky.
An image taken in Turkey[/caption]
It’s a naked eye comet so you shouldn’t need equipment to see it[/caption]
By mid-July it will have moved into Lynx and should be visible all night.
There are many smartphone apps that can point you in the right direction of constellations in the sky.
At the moment, Neowise is low in the sky so may be obscured by trees and other objects on the horizon.
It will rise a bit higher as the month goes on.
If you’re having trouble spotting it, look for its tail of ice.
That’s millions of miles of vapour and ice burning off the comet.
After its fly past this month, Neowise is off to loop around the Sun and isn’t expected to come near Earth again for another 6,800 years.
What’s the difference between an asteroid, meteor and comet?
Here’s what you need to know, according to Nasa…
- Asteroid: An asteroid is a small rocky body that orbits the Sun. Most are found in the asteroid belt (between Mars and Jupiter) but they can be found anywhere (including in a path that can impact Earth)
- Meteoroid: When two asteroids hit each other, the small chunks that break off are called meteoroids
- Meteor: If a meteoroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere, it begins to vapourise and then becomes a meteor. On Earth, it’ll look like a streak of light in the sky, because the rock is burning up
- Meteorite: If a meteoroid doesn’t vapourise completely and survives the trip through Earth’s atmosphere, it can land on the Earth. At that point, it becomes a meteorite
- Comet: Like asteroids, a comet orbits the Sun. However rather than being made mostly of rock, a comet contains lots of ice and gas, which can result in amazing tails forming behind them (thanks to the ice and dust vapourising)
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