A Comet Visitor and a Pretty Metal Moon

July 10, 2020
Want to see a comet? If you live in the northern hemisphere, use binoculars to look low in the northeastern sky before sunrise for comet NEOWISE—formally C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE).

For southern hemispherians, the comet isn’t visible so you’ll have to settle for this spectacular view of it from the International Space Station. NEOWISE was discovered by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, which tracks and characterizes dangerous asteroids. The telescope wasn’t originally meant to be an asteroid hunter and its orbit is slowly decaying. A replacement mission, NEOSM, has yet to be fully funded. Sign our petition to help us get NEOSM to the launch pad.