Comet Neowise in India: Know best time to watch, click good pictures
New Delhi | Jagran Trending Desk: In a treat to skywatchers in India and across the world, the C/2020 F3 comet aka NEOWISE is now visible in the sky with bare eyes. The comet can be seen in the northwestern skies for around 20 minutes every day for the next 20 days starting July 14.
The comet will visible to the human eye without the aid of any instrument. The comet was first discovered by NASA's Near-Earth Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) telescope in March. The comet is expected to come closest to the planet earth July 22 and July 23.
Best time to watch:
Before July 14, the best time to see the comet was before the sunrise. But from the 14th onward, you're more likely to see the comet in the evening sky.
As it moves away from the sun and edges closer to Earth, the comet will fade away, but your chance of catching it improves if you can find a location that's free of light pollution, meaning street lights, car headlights, apartment lights, and the like.
"Start looking about 1 hour after sunset, when you'll find it just over the northwestern horizon as the last of twilight fades into darkness," the editors of Sky & Telescope said in a news release.
"Look about three fists below the bottom of the Big Dipper, which is hanging down by its handle high above, and from there perhaps a little to the right."
On July 23, Comet NEOWISE will be at its closest to Earth, but by then, you'll probably need binoculars or a telescope. If you want to take a picture of the comet, use a tripod and a camera that's able to take time exposure shots that are several seconds long, according to Sky & Telescope.
Tips to capture good pictures:
Keep the shutter speed as low as possible to get the shot of the comet.
Try using burst mode, which can capture more than 1 picture at once. This might help in getting the perfect shot.
While using video mode, you can also take advantage of the capture button to click snapshots during the recording.
In case your smartphone does not have such features, just take a simple video of the comet and later grab screenshots from that video.
Posted By: Tushar Kumar Laleria