This month of July will be special for those who love to look at the sky because a pleasant surprise awaits us: Comet C / 2020 F3, better known as NEOWISE, can be seen with the naked eye from Earth. The surprise of the year as it has been described by many, given that it was discovered in the crudest of the health crisis, can be glimpsed even from the cities.
During the first days of July, the comet captured by the Calar Alto de Almería Observatory can be seen throughout the northern hemisphere during the early morning, specifically shortly before dawn. This way it will be able to be seen until approximately the middle of the month, when it will begin to approach the Earth finding the culmination the penultimate week of July.
The Virtual Telescope Project will carry out a live broadcast when Comet NEOWISE reaches its minimum distance from Earth
July 23 – the day comet NEOWISE will be closest to Earth
On July 23, NEOWISE will be at a distance of 103 million kilometers from our planet. It will be the moment of its closest approach to Earth and, thanks to that, the comet can be seen from around the globe.
From the middle of the month and until those last and special days of July, Comet C / 2020 F3 can be seen at dusk at first glance, as we said, and also on the internet thanks to the broadcasts of some fans and institutions.
The YouTube channel of The Virtual Telescope ProjectFor example, it will carry out a live broadcast when Comet NEOWISE reaches its minimum distance from Earth. A very special event that we must take advantage of because, at least in Spain, nothing so special has happened since 1997.
The object C / 2020 F3, in particular, will not come close to our planet again for about 7,000 years, so taking the opportunity to see it is almost an obligation. It is sure to be a time to remember.
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