NEOWISE comet spotted streaking over Stonehenge in incredible picture


The super-rare occurrence isn't one to miss, with Dr Robert Massey, from the Royal Astrological Society, telling The Mirror that Neowise was last in the inner solar system 4,500 years ago and it won't be back for another 6,800.

The Comet NEOWISE will be visible in the evening sky for the next week providing an opportunity to those that aren't earlier risers. Comet C/2020 F3 is expected to come closest to planet Earth on July 22 and July 23 and can be visible in the north-western sky.

NASA says the comet is about 3 miles across.

Labeled a "binocular event", especially if you want to see the comet's split tail, NEOWISE has been dazzling early risers in the pre-dawn hours since the beginning of July.

NEOWISE, so-called because it's a "near-Earth object" discovered by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, was first discovered on March 27.

Then, in August, like ships in the night, Comet NEOWISE and Earth will part ways, as the icy traveller continues its orbit back into the outer Solar System.

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It will be visible over India for the next 20 days getting brighter each evening.

Felix also captured the jaw dropping sight of the comet over Pine Island on Derryclare Lough in Connemara, with the Twelve Bens reaching up for it in the background, which you can see on his website at

An unprocessed graphic from the WISPR instrument on board NASA's Parker Photo voltaic Probe displays comet NEOWISE on July 5, 2020, soon soon after its closest method to the Sun.

A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail. Comet NEOWISE is still incredibly far away from us (over 100 million kilometres) in fact, and the brightness is caused by the particles and gases around the comet being lit up by the Sun as it makes its spectacular flyby. "People can observe it from naked eyes", Subhendu Pattnaik, deputy director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium in Bhubaneswar told the OrissaPOST.

A recently discovered bright comet zipped across the US sky, giving astronomers and stargazers nationwide an wonderful view. "A pair of binoculars or a small telescope will enhance its visibility", he added.

Left: light reflected off of cometary dust, which generally follows the appearance to the naked eye.