Mark McCaughrean recorded this time-lapse video showing the comet's tail streaming behind it while the sound of frogs is heard in the background. The official name of the comet is C/2020 F3 NEOWISE and it will be visible to the naked eye.
"I fought off mosquitoes as I waited for the never-ending dusk to show me what was in the sky".
Photographers snag gorgeous photos of rare comet over BC
Comets are notoriously fickle items that could always break up and burn out at any moment, so fingers crossed. The Comet NEOWISE or C/2020 F3 is noticed above Salgotarjan, Hungary, early Friday, July 10, 2020.
From today onward, the best chance of seeing the comet will be in the evening sky, about an hour after sunset.
According to photographer David Wilson who captured the image above, tonight the comet will be a little higher in the sky than shown in the photo above.
We require distinct skies to see the comet. An even better option is the New Jersey Pine Barrens or New Jersey shore.
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NEOWISE comes to us from the distant outer reaches of the solar system, having spent most of its life in a frigid field of icy bodies. NEOWISE is visible for about an hour before sunrise close to the horizon in the northeastern sky, and it can also be spotted after sunset in the northwestern horizon. The white tail we usually consider about on comets is designed of dust and ice. It makes its presence known by emitting long tails of blue and yellow gas and dust. Image credit and copyright: Johnathan Truong. "And it's unbelievable that I can see this from my backyard without the use of a telescope".
"Everyone knows what the big dipper looks like in the northern sky... so over the next week or so, it will be moving under the big dipper", he explained.
"Although binoculars are required for the celestial visitor, it will be visible at the same time we see a lovely Crescent (not too bright) Moon". It's also starting the swift climb out of the low horizon murk into the dark starry background this weekend, another plus. According to Backyard Astronomer Gary Boyle, they normally live in the deep depths of space however, every once and while one gets thrown into our solar system.
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Enjoy these unbelievable images, and get out there and enjoy F3 NEOWISE, while it's still bright.