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10 Awesome Facts about Comet NEOWISE


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    Comet NEOWISE: 10 big questions (and answers) about the icy wanderer

    This is from Space.com. Well worth the read. Some of the highlights from the article:

    -- You don't need a telescope to view NEOWISE; you can see it with your naked eye because its so bright
    -- Its just under the Big Dipper, so its a rather easy find, at least when it comes to what segment in the sky to look at
    -- It looks like a fuzzy star without a telescope, with a little bit of a tail
    -- Ideally view it with a telescope or binoculars and away from city lights, for best effect
    -- NEOWISE has 'about 13 million Olympic swimming pools of water' in it (most comets are about half of that)
    -- It has two tails, like most comets, though one of them might actually contain sodium
    -- This comet is about 3 miles in diameter, which is on the larger size of average
    -- NEOWISE is traveling about 40 miles per second, ~144,000mph!

    And perhaps the coolest fun fact for me..

    It originates from our own solar system. Here's the full exert:

    Is it from interstellar space?

    No, Comet NEOWISE originates in our own solar system. To date, only two interstellar objects have been discovered: 'Oumuamua and Comet Borisov.

    "This one we know it's not Interstellar object. By watching its motion, we can see that it's bound to the sun's gravity," Kramer said. "So it's coming in very rapidly and then it's going to go far back out again and then but then should come back in again in about 6,800 years."

    Share more fun facts or insights about NEOWISE here. Or videos or collections of photos, especially if you took them. This is a rare one.

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    Cosmic Kid Wrote:

    Is it from interstellar space?

    No, Comet NEOWISE originates in our own solar system. To date, only two interstellar objects have been discovered: 'Oumuamua and Comet Borisov.

    Now that's a trippy fact to think about. I don't know much about these two, but I wonder where they came from. Also, the Neowise live stream in case anyone is interested.

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    -- NEOWISE has 'about 13 million Olympic swimming pools of water' in it (most comets are about half of that)

    That one is super interesting to me. Think about something like that travelling through space at 144k mph is just insane. I could say the same for Earth of course, but it being a comet makes it stranger.