Deputy director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium in Odisha, Dr Subhendu Pattnaik, has said that comet C/2020 F3 or NEOWISE will be in India in the north-western sky from July 14 and that too with naked eyes. Eastern time will be the sweet spot. Astrophotographers have captured awesome photos of the comet, as have astronauts aboard the Global Area Station.
On Sunday the comet will start appearing right after the sunsets (around dusk). It will pop up just above the horizon after sundown and stay visible each night through mid-August.
The interplanetary iceberg will be visible throughout July in the northern hemisphere, moving in a westerly direction across the sky. Scientists recommend using binoculars or a telescope to get a clearer view, writes Eddie Irizarry for EarthSky.
Newowise's closest tactic to Earth arrives on July 22, at a distance of about 64 million miles.
If you've been paying attention to the news lately, you are most likely familiar with the word "NEOWISE".
Putting up a spectacular show for the skywatchers this month, the brightest Comet Neowise or C/20202 F3 is here to grace the skies in India. The most impressive comets in recent memory were Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997, and Comet McNaught in 2007, which lit up skies in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Then there is Venus, which is the 3rd brightest object in our sky after the sun and the moon.
Comet Neowise has been spotted by stargazers across the United Kingdom and around the world as it heads past Earth.
Comets are cosmic snowballs of frozen gases, rock and dust that orbit the Sun in a highly elliptical path.
As NASA advised, "The comet takes about 6,800 years to make one lap around its long, stretched out orbit, so it won't visit the inner solar system again for many thousands of years", according to News18. "As shortly as we observed how close it would come to the Solar, we experienced hopes that it would place on a superior exhibit".