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Comet Neowise, July 2020

Comet Neowise, July 2020

C051/0948

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43.4 x 29.0 cm ⏐ 17.1 x 11.4 in (300dpi)

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JUAN CARLOS CASADO (STARRYEARTH.COM) / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JUAN CARLOS CASADO (STARRYEARTH.COM) / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Observers photographing comet Neowise (C/2020 F3). Both the dust tail (white) and ion tail (blue) are visible. This comet was discovered on 27th March 2020 by astronomers using the NEOWISE (Wide-Field Infrared Explorer) space telescope. It became visible to the naked eye by July 2020, and is one of the brightest comets since comet Hale-Bopp in 1997. It made its closest approach to the Sun on 3rd July 2020 at a distance of 43 million kilometres. Photographed on the 17th July 2020.

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