The rare heavenly event, which is bright enough at the moment to be observed with the naked eye after sunset for a period of 20 to 25 minutes in the northwest quadrant, will be closest to Earth for two days from Wednesday.
NEOWISE is one of the most surreal rare cosmic events and does something normally reserved for large comets, said city-based expert and former director of Holkar Science College, scientist Ram Shrivastava, who has been involved in astronomy and stargazing for six decades.
“Synchronous bands have formed. Also known as” striae. “These bands divide the comet’s dust tail into linear areas of greater and lesser density. The NEOWISE comet is now in its full glory for observers in the northern hemisphere,” he said.
The comet is expected to appear as a blurry star-shaped object under the pan, which consists of four stars of the easily identifiable Ursa Major constellation. With a clear sky and no light pollution, the view of the horizon remains clear.
After that, binoculars are helpful to get a clearer view, and the tail of the comet can also be seen when the sky is clear.
It is observed until the first week of August, but after July 23, it is unlikely to be visible to the naked eye, the government’s geology professor at Holkar Science College, Dr. Narendra Joshi, opposite TOI.
“This comet is a rare occurrence and was first observed in the middle of July week. Its position from Earth will be closest from July 22nd to 23rd,” he said.
Amateur stargazers not only watched this rare event, but also documented it with the help of their phones and cameras.
Social media platforms have been flooded with images, timelapses, and videos of the comet posted by astronomy enthusiasts who have been trying to look at it for some time.
“It will only be seen after 6800 years. How can you afford to miss such a rare event,” quipped professional Mayank Sharma, who has been religiously on his terrace for some time in the evening.
Several experts and enthusiasts from the city kept each other up to date on the event via WhatsApp and other social media platforms.
“We are not arranging amateur stargazers to come together and witness the pandemic event,” said Sunil Singh, science communicator at the Children Science Center.
Via Comet C / 2020 F3 or the NEOWISE Comet:
It is a rare event.
Discovered by NASA’s near-field, far-field infrared survey explorer, a revolving telescope this year on March 27.
According to astronomers’ calculations, this comet will next visit the solar system after 6800 years.
One of the most spectacular comets Earth has seen since 2007.
The comet would be closest to Earth on July 22nd and 23rd and could be observed with the names of eyes for a short period of about 20 minutes after sunset. Then binoculars or a telescope is required.
The most suitable time is from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. You have to face the northwest sky to catch the comet.
Contributions from experts from the city:
Dr. Vishnu Gadgil, Head of the Geology Department at Govt Holkar Science College, and Dr. Narendra Joshi, professor of geology