Rarely brilliant comet NEOWISE visible this week: museum

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/09/2020
By: Lee Hsin-Yin

Photo taken from NASA website

Taipei, July 9 (CNA) Astronomical buffs may want to get up early in the morning to catch an extremely bright comet named C/2020 F3 NEOWISE in the next few days, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said Thursday.

"Every three to four years or so we can expect a comet which is bright enough to be caught by binoculars. It is very rare for us to see a comet as bright as Comet NEOWISE as it is visible to the naked eye," said museum researcher Lee Chin (李瑾).

The comet, named after the space telescope that discovered it in March, will be the brightest comet visible in Taiwan in the last 20 years, according to the museum.

The best way to get a glimpse of NEOWISE is to look to the northeastern sky near the horizon before dawn, Lee said.    [FULL  STORY]

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