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The comet that dazzled the world this July

Photographers and scientists capture breathtaking images of NEOWISE as it made its world tour.
RELATED TOPICS: COMETS
NEOWISE over Nevada.
Comet NEOWISE pictured above Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada.
James Marvin Phelps
(Inside Science) -- The comet NEOWISE captivated spectators around the world this month. The comet, also known as C/2020 F3, was discovered March 27 this year as part of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, from which it derives its name. Its visitation is especially precious, as it will not be seen again by viewers on Earth for another 6,800 years.
Nathanial Bradford
This once-in-a-lifetime photo was captured in Cornwall, U.K., at 3:16 a.m. on July 16. In the foreground, the Deep Space Communications antenna at Goonhilly Earth Station points directly at the night sky. NEOWISE can be glimpsed catching the sunlight to the left of the antenna, and the International Space Station makes a cameo as it zooms through the sky in the right side of the photo.
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