A New Comet
A not too long ago found comet made its closest move to the Earth on Tuesday, at a distance of 52 million miles — somewhat greater than half the space from Earth to the Sun.
The comet, referred to as Comet SWAN however formally named C/2020 F8 (SWAN), is now visible to the naked eye within the Southern hemisphere.
Finding Comet SWAN
The comet was found in early April by Michael Mattiazzo, an newbie comet hunter who observed a faint smudge on photographs from the Solar Wind Anisotropies (SWAN) instrument on the SOHO spacecraft.
An early picture of the comet by Mr. Mattiazzo confirmed a greenish halo with a faint tail.
The comet brightened over time and now seems as a white ball shifting diagonally throughout the SWAN photographs.
NASA and ESA
The SOHO spacecraft was launched in 1995 to review the solar and the photo voltaic wind, however its photographs of the sky have led to more than 3,000 comet discoveries.
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
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NASA, ESA, D. Jewitt (UCLA), Quanzhi Ye (Univ. of Maryland)
NASA, ESA, D. Jewitt