On July 22 the newly discovered comet which is called C/2020 or NEOWISE will be rendering its closest approach to planet Earth. The comet will become visible in the north-western sky beginning July 14 which is today.
Dr. Subhendu Pattnaik explained that this was also stated by the deputy director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium in Odisha’s Bhubaneshwar. From July 14, C/2020 F3 will be completely visible in the north-western sky. It will be visible after sunset for approximately 20 minutes for the next 20 days. People can examine it with naked eyes.
- How to watch NEOWISE
NASA explained that the NEOWISE comet was visible initiating from the hour before dawn sky and can be seen in the middle of the month. The comet can agreeably be viewed as an evening object starting mid-July onwards.
Dr. Pattnaik said that a better viewing viewpoint will be available in the evening sky starting around July 14, when it will seem low in the northwest sky (20 degrees from the horizon) for around 20 minutes. In the evenings to follow, the comet will shortly climb higher in the sky and will be noticeable for a longer duration.
Pattnaik informed that A pair of binoculars was advised to have a nicer viewing experience. Around 30th July the comet will be noticeable near Ursa Major (Saptarshi Mandal) at an altitude of 40 degrees and will be visible for an hour. After July it will disappear very fast and will not be visible to the unassisted eye. A pair of binoculars or a small telescope will strengthen its visibility.
The comet was uncovered by NASA’s NEOWISE mission back in March this year and the comet will give rise to its closest approach to Earth on July 22 – to an extent of about 103 million kilometers from Earth. The comet is already headed back toward the outer solar system