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Comet NEOWISE spotted shining in Greek skies02:35

Comet NEOWISE spotted shining in Greek skies

Greece, Mount Olympus near Thessaloniki
July 25, 2020 at 03:38 GMT -00:00 · Published

NEOWISE, the brightest comet in the Northern Hemisphere since the Hale-Bopp in 1997, was still visible in the clear Greek sky over Mount Olympus on Friday night.

The comet could be seen as a fuzzy star with a bright tail. The light from the NEOWISE is sunlight reflected off the tail of gas and dust trailing away as it travels ever further from the sun.

The comet is about 5 kilometres [3 miles] across and it is officially called C/2020 F3, but has taken on the common moniker of NEOWISE, which reportedly derived from the name of the telescope that discovered it earlier in March.

Travelling at 64 km [40 miles] per second, NEOWISE passed closest to the Earth on July 23, at a distance of 104 million kilometres and it won't be back for another 6,800 years.

Comet NEOWISE spotted shining in Greek skies02:35
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NEOWISE, the brightest comet in the Northern Hemisphere since the Hale-Bopp in 1997, was still visible in the clear Greek sky over Mount Olympus on Friday night.

The comet could be seen as a fuzzy star with a bright tail. The light from the NEOWISE is sunlight reflected off the tail of gas and dust trailing away as it travels ever further from the sun.

The comet is about 5 kilometres [3 miles] across and it is officially called C/2020 F3, but has taken on the common moniker of NEOWISE, which reportedly derived from the name of the telescope that discovered it earlier in March.

Travelling at 64 km [40 miles] per second, NEOWISE passed closest to the Earth on July 23, at a distance of 104 million kilometres and it won't be back for another 6,800 years.

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