During their stay aboard the International Space Station, astronauts captured Comet Neowise in a timelapse shoot of 550 images. The images were captured on July 5, 2020, and were weaved together into a high-resolution video by graphic artist, Seán Doran. While Comet Neowise is making its way out of the solar system and won’t be back for another 6,800 years, this celestial gem will still be observable throughout the weekend.
“Right before the sun came up, that comet 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,” NASA astronaut Bob Behnken told The New York Times.
The video above is recorded in 4K high resolution showing the comet move in real-time. Viewers get a glimpse of what it is like to be aboard a space station, hovering over Earth’s surface, as the comet dances over the planet.
While a string of 550 images would typically equate to a short 18-second video, Doran interpolated the photos to fill in frames and provide a seamless viewing experience.
How NEOWISE Got Its Name
Comet Neowise is a recent discovery made by scientists using the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, this year on March 27. This comet is the result of a search to find any life-threatening near-Earth objects or NEOs.
To catch a view of this comet yourself, before it makes its way out our solar system, look to the horizon before dawn. However, according to reports via Space.com, Comet Neowise will best be seen in the evening about 80 minutes after sunset. This is most clearly a once in a lifetime event that must not be missed.
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