…before it vanishes for another 6000 years!
2020 has been nothing but just a series of bad news after really bad news after really, really bad news after really, really, really bad news af- you get my point. But there’s a crazy, exciting, once in a lifetime opportunity on the horizon which has everyone friggin’ hyped across the globe!
Enter Comet NEOWISE!
- It was recently discovered on March 27th by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission. And its closely passing Earth as we speak. By closely passing I mean, it’ll be only 200 times as far as the moon is from Earth. Which, in cosmic sense, is pretty fucking close!!
But why is everyone so hyped up about it?!
- Because you can literally see it with the naked eye! the last time humans could see a comet with the naked eye, it was Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997 and I still remember the sheer excitement. Kuch samjh nahi aa raha tha, but excitement bahot thi.
- Everyone across the globe has been trying to catch a glimpse of this celestial beauty shining in the space like a pearl upon the ocean (oh come and feel me, oh feel me, ok sorry).
How to spot it ?
- You can also take a moment to look up and enjoy this beaut glazing through the space for about 20 mins right after sunset. It will be visible for the next 15-20 days before it disappears into the outerspace for next 6000 years!
- It can be spotted in the North Eastern sky, 30 degrees from the horizon. After every evening, the comet will rapidly climb higher in the sky until 30th July, when it will be visible next to Ursa Major for about an hour. It will be closest to Earth on 22nd July, hence sabse zyada clear dikhne ke chances!
- For my friends who don’t understand north east west south, you can download any space app to guide you with directions. For Delhi peeps, here’s a map compiled by user @abhinavsinghai (Instagram) to help you spot its position from 15th to 25th July!
Last few months have been very difficult for a lot of us and for the most part, we can’t really do anything about it. It sucks. Plain & simple. Period.
But you can take a moment to get your head out of your daily problems and sadness, to look up and witness this rare cosmic event which is a reminder that all of us are part of a much grander interstellar world, beyond the chaos we find ourselves in right now.
Don’t need any binoculars or telescope, just a coke and chips will do.