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Comet NEOWISE Is Here!

July 20, 2020
via NASA

A chance of a lifetime to see a giant ball of ice traveling the night sky? Get us a front-row seat! Well, that may not be necessary, because if you live somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere, all you have to do is look up at the sky! That’s right—NEOWISE, a comet about 3-miles wide (approximately the size of the asteroid that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, by the way), will be passing by the sun at a distance closer than Mercury is to the big ball of gas. How is it that people on Earth can see a comet that’s even further away from us than Mercury? Because it’s one of the brightest comets ever recorded! So, don’t miss your opportunity to see this amazing space phenomenon. NEOWISE will be visible in the night sky until the end of July and once it’s gone, it won’t make another appearance for 6,800 years.

Fun Fact: Why is the comet named NEOWISE? NEO stands for Near-Earth Objects, and WISE stands for the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, the space telescope that spotted the comet.


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