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Comet NEOWISE puts on a show

The comet could be seen throughout the Northern Hemisphere

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Throughout July, astronomer­s were delighted by Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) as it streamed across the sky. The comet was discovered on 27 March by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) telescope. It passed through perihelion on 3 July and made its closest approach to Earth on 23 July. In early July, astronomer­s began to report that the comet was visible to the naked eye – an unexpected joy for stargazers after two promising comets earlier this year, SWAN and ATLAS, turned out to be rather lacklustre. As the news hit the headlines around the world, astronomer­s new and old rushed out to see the sight for themselves, with many capturing it on camera. Go to bit.ly/cneowise to see a gallery of readers’ best images on our website. www.nasa.gov/neowise

 ??  ?? Summer visitor: Comet NEOWISE has been one of this year’s observing highlights
Summer visitor: Comet NEOWISE has been one of this year’s observing highlights

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