Watch brightest comet 'Neowise' gracing the skies in India from July 12-15
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Considered as the biggest snowball in space after the other two-Swan and Atlas comets, the brightest Comet Neowise or C/20202 F3 is here to grace the skies in India this month.
The comet will be reaching its maximum point in the dawn sky on July 11 and will be visible between July 12 to July 15 with just a pair of binoculars or even without it after sunset.
Putting up a spectacular show for the skywatchers this month, it might be the biggest snowball in space after the other two-Swan and Atlas comets were discovered earlier in 2020.
According to a report by CNET, last week the brightest comet passed a critical point when it managed to survive its closest pass by the Sun without cracking up from the heat on July 3. But over the weekend, the bright celestial body was visible from various parts of the world at predawn. Many amateur photographers captured the stunning images of the comet as it appeared just above the horizon in predawn skies.
Twitter users from various parts of the world shared pictures of the surreal imagery captured at that point.
NEOWISE this mornig from #Paris. Last time I saw a comet that bright it was 23 years ago. #NEOWISE is easy to see with the eyes even from Paris, and with my 12x36 binoculars it is similar to these pictures. pic.twitter.com/csHIx30Ndl— Skywalker (@JLucDauvergne) July 8, 2020
— Stacey Anne Leeson (@StaceyALee) July 8, 2020
A number of astronomy enthusiasts on twitter also shared the images of the comet.
#Comet C/2020 F3 #NeowiseComet appears over Lake Mead, Nevada outside #LasVegas before sunrise on Thursday, July 9, 2020. #Photography © @vegasphotograph#Vegas#NEOWISE #Space#Stars #cometc2020f3 pic.twitter.com/i3eDX8oPZa— 📸 @VegasPhotograph | Richard Brian Photography 📸 (@vegasphotograph) July 9, 2020
Amy Mainzer, NEOWISE principal investigator, University of Arizona said, "In its discovery images, Comet NEOWISE appeared as a glowing, fuzzy dot moving across the sky even when it was still pretty far away...As soon as we saw how close it would come to the sun, we had hopes that it would put on a good show."
Recently, NASA astronaut Bob Behnken shared a stunning glimpse of a natural light show from a comet this weekend. Sharing the pictures on twitter, he captioned the post, "Last night's fireworks, for real. Because Science."
The report by CNET suggests that as the comet moves farther away from the sun and closer to Earth, it will start being visible in the evening sky and not before dawn.
Posted By: Simran Babbar