Beautiful images have captured a new comet passing over Earth.
Comet Neowise was only discovered in March this year and is one of the brightest comets to pass over the Earth in recent history.
And it’s visible to the naked eye – meaning it’s easy to spot without binoculars or a telescope, and you may even get a good photo.
It has been visible for most of July but it was at its brightest last night, when it was at its closest to Earth.
But even at its closest distance, it was still around 64 million miles – or 103 million kilometres – away, which is around 400 times further than the moon.
Announcing its discovery, NASA said in a statement: ‘A comet has suddenly become visible to the unaided eye. Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was discovered in late March and brightened as it reached its closest approach to the Sun, inside the orbit of Mercury, late last week.
‘The interplanetary iceberg survived solar heating, so far, and is now becoming closer to the Earth as it starts its long trek back to the outer Solar System.
‘As Comet NEOWISE became one of the few naked-eye comets of the 21st Century, word spread quickly, and the comet has already been photographed behind many famous sites and cities around the globe.’
If you missed it though, don’t panic – you may still be able to catch it before the end of the month.
The comet is apparently most visible around 80 minutes before sunrise though, so you’ll have to get up early!
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