Comet Swan is seen to the bare eye, and it might get even brighter

Comet Swan is seen to the bare eye, and it might get even brighter


Comet C/2020 F8 SWAN captured by Australia’s Siding Spring telescope.

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It is seeking to be a season for comets teasing skywatchers with their magnificent tails. Within the case of Comet Swan, that tail is a few 10 million miles (16 million kilometers) lengthy.

Comet Atlas gave the impression to be an enormous deal earlier this yr earlier than it broke up and fizzled out. However simply as that promising house snowball was cracking up, Comet C/2020 F8 Swan was found in late March.

Now Comet Swan may ship on the promise of a uncommon evening sky present that Atlas failed to offer. Already, Swan could possibly be seen to these with exquisitely darkish skies and sharp eyes. Others may additionally have the ability to spot it with binoculars.

Astronomer Con Stoitsis mentioned some predictions present the comet persevering with to brighten within the coming days.”It ought to be an ‘apparent’ bare eye goal in mid-Could,” he mentioned on Twitter. 

The comet made its closest cross by Earth on Could 13 and comes nearest to the solar on Could 27. 

There’re a variety of instruments on-line — TheSkyLive is a good place to start out — that will help you discover Comet Swan within the evening sky. And, in fact, the comet additionally has a Twitter account value following

Remember that comets are notoriously fickle, as Comet Atlas demonstrated, and Swan may additionally go from quickly brightening to fragmenting and fading at any second. 

With that in thoughts, it is in all probability a good suggestion to try to catch it now. You’ll be able to search for it whereas additionally anticipating this week’s Eta Aquarid meteor bathe, which comes from the leftovers of one other house snowball, the famed Halley’s Comet. 

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