Rare NEOWISE comet now visible in Indian skies; know how and when to watch
In a treat to sky-gazers in India, the rare NEOWISE comet or C/2020 comet is now visible in the Indian skies. The NEOWISE comet can be seen without using any telescope after the sunset for around two minutes daily. In March this year, NASA had discovered the C/2020 F3 NEOWISE or simply NEOWISE while it was sweeping within Mercury’s orbit. The comet is heading towards earth but it will not hit our planet, instead, it will pass through it.
When and where to see NEOWISE comet in India?
"From July 14, C/2020 F3, a comet discovered on March 27, will be clearly visible in the north-western sky. It will be visible after sunset for around 20 minutes for the next 20 days," said Dr Subhendu Pattnaik, Deputy Director, Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Odisha.
The comet will appear in the northwest skies for around 20 minutes on July 14. If you are facing the sunset, it will appear nearly at your 2 O'clock from the horizon.
"A far better viewing perspective will be available in the evening sky starting around July 14, when it will appear low in the northwest sky (20 degrees from the horizon) for around 20 minutes. In the evenings to follow, the comet will rapidly climb higher in the sky and will be visible for a longer period," news agency ANI quoted Pattnaik as saying.
Posted By: Shashikant Sharma