Jul 15

Comet NEOWISE Over Gemini North – iotw2029a

iotw2029a – Comet NEOWISE Over Gemini North.
Credit: International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/J. Chu

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iotw2029a – Comet NEOWISE Over Gemini North

Comet NEOWISE — technically known as C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) — is visible in this spectacular image of the pre-dawn sky to the right (East) of the Gemini North telescope on Maunakea in Hawai‘i, one of the pair of telescopes of the international Gemini Observatory, a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab. The image was taken Sunday 12 July 2020.

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iotw2029f – Comet NEOWISE Over Gemini North

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Comet NEOWISE — technically known as C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) — is visible in this spectacular image of the pre-dawn sky to the right (East) of the Gemini North telescope on Maunakea in Hawai‘i, one of the pair of telescopes of the international Gemini Observatory, a Program of NSF’s NOIRLab. First discovered by the NEOWISE project using the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer space telescope  in March 2020, the comet is a dirty snowball of gas, dust and ice roughly 5 km (3 miles) across. The curving golden tail of C/2020 F3 visible in this image is composed of gas and dust left behind as the comet swept through the inner Solar System. While creating a spectacle for stargazers, the comet’s passage close to the Sun will not happen again for another 6,800 years. Fortunately, there is still a chance to enjoy the show — Comet NEOWISE should be visible in the northern hemisphere’s evening sky for the rest of July.

Most of NOIRLab’s 60 telescopes are not observing right now due to COVID-19 precautions, but Gemini North was reopened 19 May 2020.

Credit: International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/J. Chu

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