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Comet NEOWISE surprises astronomers by making a passage through Earth. Learn how to watch it

In March, NASA's Near Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) telescope discovered a comet more than 312 million kilometers away from the Sun. At the time, the space object that earned the name C / 2020 F3 NEOWISE on it inspired a lot of confidence, since its brightness was very weak. However, the comet surprised astronomers and celestial observation enthusiasts by making a passage close to Earth.

Unlike comets like Altas, which fragmented as soon as their route became closer to the Sun, NEOWISE managed to survive this stage of space travel. According to NASA, the comet is just passing through the Solar System and does not pose any danger to Earth.

After entering the perimeter on June 3, it was possible to observe NEOWISE in the night skies for the next few days and astronauts Bob Behnken, who recently arrived on the SpaceX Crew Dragon International Space Station, and Ivan Vagner managed to capture his ticket . On Earth, several observers managed to record the unique moment all over the northern hemisphere.

Click on the gallery to see some of the best NEOWISE images

How to follow the passage of NEOWISE?

How to track the passage of comet NEOWISE? credits: NASA

According to NASA, comet NEOWISE will be visible throughout the month of July along the Earth's northern hemisphere. As long as you have access to a landscape where you can watch the horizon unimpeded and to a pair of binoculars, or to a small telescope you can also see it. The occasion is made even more special by the fact that the next passage of the comet is expected in 6,800 years.

How to follow the passage of comet NEOWISE? credits: NASA

The Agency explains that until the middle of this month, the comet will be visible at about 10 above the horizon, even before the sun rises. Until the end of July, especially between the 22nd and 23rd, when it will make its closest approach to Earth, it will be possible to observe it in the night sky as it rises over the horizon.