Comet Neowise I

Comet Neowise. Viewed from the summit of Gyrn Wigau (643 m above sea level) in the Carneddau mountain range, looking down onto Bangor, Anglesey and the Menai strait.


19 July 2020


Gyrn Wigau, Caneddau mountain range
SH 65415 67531; 53.18778°N, 4.01570°W


Comet Neowise was discovered on 27 March 2020 by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) space telescope mission. The comet’s nucleus has an estimated diameter of 5 km and at it’s closest (on 23 July 2020) it was 103 million km from Earth. It was visible with the naked eye during July 2020. Don’t worry if you missed it though – it will be back around again in 6,800 years time.

Further Reading

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) (Wikipedia);
You can see Comet NEOWISE this month (CNN)