All eyes toward the sky please!
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment! Yes, something which wouldn’t reappear for another 6,800 years.
Various parts of the world have witnessed the Neowise comet, also known as C3/2020 F3, and now it will be visible in India till July 24. No binoculars or telescopes will be needed to spot the comet as it will be visible to the naked eye for the coming days. The comet is set to be visible throughout July and it will be the closest to Earth on July 22.
What makes the Neowise comet a particularly exotic sighting is its age – the comet is believed to contain intergalactic particles that it picked up from its travels across the universe for over 4 billion years, and its approach to Earth – the next time Neowise is expected to approach Earth is after another 6,800 years.
The Neowise comet is named after NASA’s interstellar object sighting mission – Near Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. It was discovered by NEOWISE’s infrared channel telescopes earlier this year, in March 2020, and classified with its nomenclature name of C/2020 F3. Three months later, NEOWISE picked up the comet’s near-Sun approach on July 3, which itself is a rare occurrence.
Neowise is the third comet to be discovered in 2020 and can be visible through naked eyes. Atlas and Swan, the other two comets were seen with the same potential but broke up before they could get as bright as Neowise.