On July 5, NASA astronauts were treated to a once in a lifetime experience when they witnessed the recently discovered Comet NEOWISE flyby Earth at extremely close range. Best of all, the entire encounter was captured in hundreds of photographs and made into a video for all of us to enjoy.
“Right before the Sun came up, that comet [NEOWISE] became visible during that short period of time when it was still close to the Sun, but the Sun was still hidden by the Earth. It was just an awesome sight to be able to see.”
Thankfully, you don’t need to be a qualified astronaut floating above the earth’s atmosphere to see this wonderful spectacle. A UK-based graphic artist named Seán Doran, who regularly processes space-agency imagery, managed to download the many photographs taken of the comet and edited them into a crisp 4K video, which you can view below.
“Grab a cold beverage, turn off the lights, get undressed, get comfortable and pop this on the big TV. Consume whilst drinking.” Doran tweeted when he uploaded the video
— Seán Doran (@_TheSeaning) July 9, 2020
A number of images were also shared of the comet taken from Earth
Comet NEOWISE is visible to skywatchers during the month of July — but what are the best times to catch a glimpse and where should you look? Get the details: https://t.co/fQ7NraGezz pic.twitter.com/YqQIMiUU8C
— NASA (@NASA) July 15, 2020
Comet Neowise with its Ion tail over Mount Hood. pic.twitter.com/DNld9NC0to
— Global Climate (@climateglobe) July 14, 2020
Comet Neowise setting over Seattle last night! pic.twitter.com/OZkkQF6wpF
— Astrofalls (@BrayFalls) July 16, 2020
— CNN (@CNN) July 14, 2020
Take a look at the mesmerizing video below: