One in lifetime chance to see Comet Neowise

15 Juillet, 2020, 11:27 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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Neowise is not considered a "great comet", though it is still a spectacle.

And over the next week or more, it should become visible to many around the world in the evening skies, and perhaps here in Acadiana, especially with the aid of binoculars and/or a telescope.

Another interesting thing about this comet, estimated to be 5 km wide, is the fact its nucleus is covered with sooty dark particles leftover from its formation almost 4.6 billion years ago - when our Solar System was created.

So, get out there tonight, amateur astronomers, and catch a glimpse at a one in an era sight before it's gone.

Back on Earth, UK artist renowned for space imagery processing - Seán Doran - downloaded 550 of the high-resolution long-exposure snapshots to stitch together a seven-minute timelapse you'll likely remember for the rest of your days. "That's when they're usually discovered", Boyle explained. "That's what's happening now".

Neowise is newly discovered and is the brightest comet visible in the U.S.in at least 25 years. "So get out and enjoy this nearly once in a lifetime event", he said. Now the comet is visible to the naked eye, however, it may look more like a star, so make sure to grab those binoculars before heading out.

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"It's one of the comets of the decade", said Ottawa's Gary Boyle, who writes the The Backyard Astronomer column for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Atlas and Swan, the other two comets were seen with the same potential but broke up before they could get as bright as Neowise.

"Your DLR cameras, your Canons or your Nikons on a tripod". After sunset, look toward the Northwestern sky just below the Big Dipper.

There's a new comet in the evening sky. Neowise will keep getting closer to us up until it reaches its nearest distance to Earth of about 65 million miles on July 22nd.

Since Neowise will be close to the horizon, finding an empty space with little light pollution and a clear sky, such as a beach, is ideal.

Add Comet Neowise to the growing list of astronomical events occurring in July, including Jupiter and Saturn's peak brightness (on July 14 and 20 respectively) and a double meteor shower at the end of the month.

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