Unable to spot NEOWISE? Here's how you can witness the rare phenomenon tonight
New Delhi | Jagran Trending Desk: The comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3) or simply the NEOWISE comet has been lighting the skies since July 14 and has been a treat for the sky gazers across the world. NEOWISE is a rare comment sighting and will be next seen only after 6,800 years and thus the sky gazers are using this opportunity fullest to witness this rare phenomenon.
However, some sky gazers in India have complained that they have been unable to spot the NEOWISE comment so far and are searching for ways to look this witness their extremely rare sighting.
According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), people can spot NEOWISE with the unaided eye. The NASA has said that NEOWISE is a bright comet and might “look like a fuzzy star with a bit of a tail”, adding that it can be viewed via binoculars and telescopes.
The NASA has further said that NEOWISE will be closest to earth between July 22 and July 23 when it will be 64 million miles or 103 million kilometres from earth’s orbit, adding that it will be visible 45 to 60 minutes before the sunrise towards the northeast of the sky.
How can I spot NEOWISE?
Spotting NEOWISE at the night is not a humongous task for the sky gazers! People, however, while have to wait until 45 minutes after the sunset when the first stars start appearing. NEOWISE can be viewed using binoculars and a small telescope. However, sky gazers will also be able to spot it with the unaided eye.
It is noteworthy to mention that people across India will be able to spot NEOWISE for only 20 minutes and it will be visible for twenty days. After 20 days, NEOWISE will be visible only when viewed through special instruments like large telescopes.
The researchers had spotted NEOWISE on July 3 when it was near the sun. As per experts, NEOWISE’s outer layers got scorched when it came near the sun which resulted in an eruption of ice and gas.
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma