Posted on June 30, 2020 by David Dickinson
Comet F3 NEOWISE May Perform in July
Watch for comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE at dusk in late July. if it survives perihelion.
Ready for one more? 2020 has thus far offered up a steady celestial parade of binocular comets, including C/2019 Y1 and Y4 ATLAS, 2017 T2 PanSTARRS, and 2019 U6 Lemmon. Now, we have one more inner solar system interloper from the Oort Cloud with potential: C/2020 F3 NEOWISE.
The comet was discovered by the NEOWISE space telescope on March 27, 2020. The NEOWISE mission transitioned from its primary Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission in September 2013, adding NEO (as it started a dedicated hunt for Near Earth Objects) to its moniker. To date, NEOWISE has discovered 15 comets during this extended phase.