A New Comet
A lately found comet made its closest cross to the Earth on Tuesday, at a distance of 52 million miles — slightly greater than half the gap from Earth to the Solar.
The comet, referred to as Comet SWAN however formally named C/2020 F8 (SWAN), is now seen to the bare eye within the Southern hemisphere.
Discovering Comet SWAN
The comet was found in early April by Michael Mattiazzo, an novice comet hunter who seen a faint smudge on pictures from the Photo voltaic 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 pictures.
NASA and ESA
The SOHO spacecraft was launched in 1995 to check the solar and the photo voltaic wind, however its pictures of the sky have led to greater than 3,000 comet discoveries.
NASA’s Goddard Area Flight Middle
Different Latest Comets
Final month the Hubble Area Telescope celebrated its 30th birthday and captured pictures of comet ATLAS breaking into fragments.
NASA, ESA, D. Jewitt (UCLA), Quanzhi Ye (Univ. of Maryland)
And in March a fraction broke off of the interstellar comet 2I/Borisov, which swung previous the solar in December.
NASA, ESA, D. Jewitt