Stunning images of Comet Neowise captured over Shropshire


The comet was first discovered on March 25 by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

Atop the almost 11,500 foot-high Hochfeiler mountain in the South Tyrol Alps in Italy, Martin Rietze captured the image of the NEOWISE comet and the Noctilucent clouds, SWNS reports.

On July 3, Neowise was closer to the sunshine than the orbit of Mercury, coming dangerously shut to breaking apart.

Scientists hope to use the images to study the size of dust grains within the dust tail, as well as the rate at which the comet sheds dust.

Given the fact that at this time NASA and outside the space Agency actually does not have separate missions and research projects for the study of comets, it becomes clear that in the near future this may change as the comet NEOWISE was something very revealing in this sense.

That means it only appears in Earth's sky once every several thousand years - as compared to Haley's Comet, whose orbit brings it into range every 75-76 years.

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Between its appearance in the evening sky at mid-month, the comet will move from the northeastern horizon toward the northwest and western edges of the sky.

NEOWISE is brighter than Haley's Comet which was visible 34 years ago. "It just made its closest approach July 3 to the sun", she said. Unlike a majority of such sightings which need an additional device in the form of a telescope or special eye gear, this comet will be clearly visible to the naked eye.

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - Stargazers are being treated to something special as the Comet NEOWISE (also known as Comet C/2020 F3) whizzes by earth and giving a show this month that can be seen by the naked eye. The comet seems better in the sky for observers farther north, though observers at lessen latitudes will see it decreased in the sky.

It will then head out of sight as it travels back to the outer solar system.

The Comet NEOWISE or C/2020 F3 is noticed above Salgotarjan, Hungary, early Friday, July 10, 2020.