Images captured from Puerto Rico show a comet that approached Earth slightly, and the large number of photos confirms that it was visible, albeit with optical aid, from all over the Island, reported the Caribbean Astronomy Society (SAC
It was "C / 2020 F3 (NEOWISE)", a comet that had its closest approach to Earth between July 22 and 23. "Although cloud cover limited observations and image capture over the past few days, many still had the opportunity to capture it with cameras and observe it through binoculars. We were able to confirm that through small telescopes, the comet looked as beautiful as can be seen. in some of the images showing a close-up of the celestial visitor, "said Eddie Irizarry, SAC vice president.
Comet NEOWISE passed a totally safe distance of 64 million miles (103 million km) from our planet, and now it will gradually be moving away from Earth. However, the comet will still remain visible through binoculars until at least the end of July, while with the help of small telescopes it could still be visible during the month of August, the educational entity noted.
"Obviously the situation of the pandemic did not allow public observations of the comet, so we chose to illustrate in an easy and simple way how to locate it in our skies, and the images show that in fact many managed to see or capture it, even from the patio of their homes " , indicated the SAC.
Comet NEOWISE is located on these nights, between 7:40 pm and 9:00 p.m., a little further to the left of the so-called Big Pan, in the Ursa Major constellation. It is calculated that it would be returning to the interior of the Solar System around the year 8,786.
"A comet looks almost static in the sky, but gradually it is approaching the horizon due to the rotation of the Earth. In the case of NEOWISE, although it will now look somewhat dimmer, it is visible through binoculars for at least an hour, "the organization noted.
Comets are frozen debris from the formation of our Solar System, 4.6 billion years ago. When feeling the heat of the Sun, the ice sublimates, and next to the dust and gases that these celestial objects expel, they form the peculiar tail.