NASA astronaut Bob Behnken shared some of the stunning images of the 'Comet NEOWISE' or C/2020 F3. It was discovered on March 27, 2020, by the Neowise Space technology. At that time the icy lump was not clear and the astronomers weren't sure that would change. But with each passing day, the comet has brightened. Bob Behnken took to his micro-blogging site and posted the images from the International Space Station on Sunday (July 5), a day after Americans celebrated with artificial firework displays. Here is the tweet made by Bob Behnken.
One of Behnken's colleagues onboard the orbiting laboratory, the Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner, also clicked the comet, with its tail in clear contrast against the blackness of space seen above the gleaming blue atmosphere of the Earth.
На следующем витке попробовал чуть ближе сфотографировать самую яркую за последние 7 лет комету C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE).— Ivan Vagner (@ivan_mks63) July 4, 2020
Довольно хорошо видно ее хвост из космоса, с борта Международной космической станции!#МКС #комета #NEOWISE pic.twitter.com/zo7INtT01l
A good pair of binoculars are required to catch the sight of Comet NEOWISE, and the skywatchers are not yet sure whether the icy hunk will be so bright and its tail will be easily visible to the unaided eye. The comet will be dazzled in the month of July at its closest approach to Earth, which happens on the 22nd of July.
Both Vagner and Behnken will stay in orbit long enough to observe the close approach from space. Behnken, who arrived onboard the first crewed SpaceX Crew Dragon on May 31, is scheduled to return to Earth with his NASA colleague Doug Hurley at the beginning of August. Until October, Vagner and two other astronauts will remain in space.
Many people shared the pictures of the comet as seen from Earth. Take a look here.
Comet C/2020 F3 Neowise image taken with 300mm lens, f/5.6, Nikon Z6, 0,4s, ISO 1600 from Wolfurt / Austria. The comet was clearly visible with the unaided eye, it was beautiful in the 10x50 binoculars. #comet #neowise pic.twitter.com/hBGeJZKtie— Philipp Salzgeber (@astro_graph) July 5, 2020
#Comet C/2020 F3 #NEOWISE over Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson, AZ. Photographed with astro-modified Sony A7s and 400/5.6 telephoto lens. 38 frames of 0.25s exposure, background grandient removed and stacked. 2020-07-04 ~11:30 UTC pic.twitter.com/lXVlPbrMxW— Yujing "Eugene" Qin (@yujing_qin) July 4, 2020
I wanna go to space— It is I (@MeMrfahrenheit) July 5, 2020
I have a strong dislike of early mornings—but so worth it today because wow is that comet beautiful! C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) I was at Sunset Crater by 4AM. It was an easy naked-eye object, but really rewarding through binoculars. Last pic is closest to naked eye scale.#neowise pic.twitter.com/1I0Cx2fZQJ— Jeremy Perez (@jperez1690) July 5, 2020