Photographers and astronauts at the International Space Station captured beautiful images of the object.
Discovered in late March 2020, comet NEOWISE, also called C/2020 F3, has approached Earth in recent days and has become visible to the naked eye. At first, it was dimly lit and astronomers were not sure if that would change. However, the object is getting brighter and brighter.
Photographer Maroun Habib took the opportunity to photograph the comet when it was visible in Lebanon, just before sunrise. The image is so impressive (you can see it above) that it was chosen as NASA’s “Astronomy Photo of the Day” this Tuesday (7th).
However, photos of the comet had already been published by astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS). Bob Behnken, who arrived at the ISS aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon, posted photos on his Twitter account last Sunday (5) with the caption “Last night’s fireworks, for real.” His Russian colleague, Ivan Vagner, also captured the moment, but from another point of view, showing the luminosity of the comet in the darkness of space – the photo shows the tail formed by solar radiation and space dust.
The comet is expected to become more evident when it reaches maximum proximity to our planet, which will happen between the 22nd and 23rd of July. In the meantime, you still need to use special equipment to be able to see it.