On July 5, 2020, a NASA astronaut floated to a window on the International Space Station, and watched the passing of Comet Neowise and its shiny twin tails.
The astronaut was Bob Behnken, and the cosmic spectacle was recorded with thousands of photographs. Now the graphic artist Seán Doran (which regularly processes images from the space agency) has edited them in a spectacular 4k quality time-lapse, which you can see below.
A comet is a celestial body that is part of the solar system and that is made up of ice, dust and rocks, and that orbits around the Sun. Specifically, Comet Neowise is in the category of those called “large”, so it can be seen with the naked eye. This comet has taken the name of the NASA space telescope with which it was first sighted on March 23 and since July.
Although Doran initially shared a version of the accelerated video four times, he then uploaded an ultra-high-definition 4K video to his YouTube channel showing the sequence in real time.
This real-time replay gives viewers of the 7-minute film an insight into what it’s like to be aboard the space station while gazing at the comet.
On July 3, Comet Neowise approached the Sun some 16 million km closer to Mercury’s orbit. Along the way, the 5 kilometer ice ball heated up enough to trigger two tails, one made of gas and the other of dust, that stretch millions of km in space.
The comet is expected to get closer to Earth on July 23, when it is about 100 million km away, according to NASA JPL calculations. Astronomers expect it to be visible to the naked eye on a dark night until early August.
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