A new visible comet named after the telescope that detected it has made itself known on the 27th of March. The Neowise comet was luminous enough that we are able to see it with the naked eye. Many comets have passed by the Earth but we weren’t able to get a visual because it was not able to generate enough light to make itself visible.
When the comet was predicted to come to a close proximity to the Sun, NASA scientists under the Neowise mission were hopeful that it would be visible from Earth. It was able to survive its journey past the Sun on July 3, even when it ran the risk of disintegration due to an overwhelming exposure to gravitational forces.
On July 22, it will be within 65 million miles of Earth, then it will continue its 6,800 years of orbital journey far into the depths of space. Neowise comet’s core is a basically a ball of gas, rocks, and ice that is approximately 3 miles wide, formed from the remnants of celestial events that gave birth to the known solar system billions of years ago, according to astrophysicist Karl Battams.
The closer the comet is to the sun, the more visible its tail will be. This is a result of the evaporation of the frozen gases that make up the comet as it is exposed to the sun’s extreme temperatures. As it travels past it, the tail will become less visible, but it will take a position where it will be visually accessible to us here on the ground.
Comet Neowise might not probably have the brightest glow like the Hale-Bopp comet last seen in 1997, but it is definitely one of the brightest so far in the 21st century, following the McNaught comet in 2007.
The comet is best observed just after the sun sets in the northwest horizon until August when it will start to vanish from view.