Fireworks are one of the most beautiful sights of the human eyes. However, we are not lucky enough to see one happening in space. Turns out the successful SpaceX and NASA “Launch America” event are a very helpful one. The Crew Dragon capsule carried current ISS Astronaut Bob Behnken to the space station.
The astronaut helped show the entire cosmic masterpiece using his twitter account yesterday. Behnken recently took to Twitter to share a few images of the Comet NEOWISE or C/2020 F3, which he captured from onboard the International Space Station and they look truly spectacular. He posted the images after Americans celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks.
ISS Astronaut shares fireworks image of NEOWISE Comet
The comet was first discovered in March 2020. The astronaut who arrived aboard the first crewed SpaceX Crew Dragon on May 31, tweeted these images with the caption, “Last night’s fireworks, for real. Because of Science”.
— Bob Behnken (@AstroBehnken) July 5, 2020
NEOWISE made its closest pass to the Sun on Friday, July 3, at a distance of 0.29 astronomical units which is just a bit closer than Mercury’s average distance from our star. NEOWISE is currently in the constellation Auriga, visible for the next few days before dawn in the northeast in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s low on the horizon, only about 10° in the northern U.S. an hour before sunrise, and lower still at more southern locales.
Comet C/2020 F3 Neowise image taken with 300mm lens, f/5.6, Nikon Z6, 0,4s, ISO 1600 from Wolfurt / Austria. The comet was clearly visible with the unaided eye, it was beautiful in the 10×50 binoculars. #comet #neowise pic.twitter.com/hBGeJZKtie
— Philipp Salzgeber (@astro_graph) July 5, 2020
The comet was visible to the naked eyes in some parts of the world. According to all these people, it is really a thing of beauty. Let us know what you have to say about this in the comments section below! Also, don’t forget to join us on our Telegram Channel for more such latest updates and discussions.
Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.