'Set Your Sights on the Once-in-a-Lifetime Comet: Don't Miss its 70-Year Return'

In 2020, a comet named Neowise will make its once-in-a-lifetime appearance in our skies after a 70-year hiatus. Don't miss this rare astronomical event and set your sights on witnessing its splendor.

By Megha Badiger
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As we go about our busy daily lives, it's easy to forget that there are wondrous and rare events occurring in the sky above us. But this year, we have the opportunity to witness a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event – the return of a spectacular comet that only graces our skies every 70 years. Don't miss the chance to witness this incredible sight – here's everything you need to know about the comet's return.


The History of the Comet

Discovered in 1779 by Pierre Méchain, the Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) is also known as the Great Comet of 1844. It earned this name due to its impressive size and brightness during its last appearance, which was visible to the naked eye for nearly three months. The comet's elliptical orbit around the sun brings it close to Earth every 70 years, making its return in 2020 a special and rare event.

When and Where to See It


The comet is currently approaching the inner solar system and is expected to be visible to the naked eye in late April or early May. According to astronomers, the best time to catch a glimpse of the comet will be around May 23rd, when it reaches its closest point to Earth. The comet's location in the sky will vary depending on your location, but it will be visible in the early hours of the morning, getting brighter and more prominent as the sun rises.

What to Look For

The comet will appear as a bright, fuzzy ball of light with a distinctive tail extending from it. As it moves closer to the sun, its icy core will start to melt and release gas and dust, creating a beautiful tail that can stretch for millions of miles. The tail will also change direction depending on the comet's location of the sun. This is a unique opportunity to witness the beauty and complexity of a comet up close.


Tips for Viewing

For the best viewing experience, it's recommended to find a location away from city lights and light pollution. You may need to use binoculars or a telescope to spot the comet, so make sure to have them ready beforehand. Also, be sure to check the weather conditions and find a spot with a clear view of the horizon, preferably facing towards the east. Don't give up if you can't see it at first – the comet may take a few days to become fully visible.

Capturing the Moment

If you're a photography enthusiast, this is an opportunity you don't want to miss. With the right equipment and techniques, you can capture a stunning image of the comet to cherish for years to come. A camera with manual settings and a tripod will give you the best results. Experiment with different exposure times and ISO settings to capture the comet's beauty in all its glory.

The return of the Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) is a once-in-a-lifetime event that everyone can experience and appreciate. As we continue to practice social distancing, what better way to stay connected to the world than by witnessing this cosmic phenomenon? Mark your calendars, set your sights on the eastern horizon, and be prepared to witness a breathtaking display of nature's wonders. Don't miss this 70-year return of an extraordinary comet that will leave a lasting impression on all who are lucky enough to see it.

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