Rare Comet Neowise to be visible in India for 20 days | Check time and dates

Rare Comet Neowise to be visible in India for 20 days | Check time and dates

A newly discovered comet C/2020 F3, also known as Neowise, which has been spotted from several parts of the world, will now be visible in India.

Comet Neowise will be clearly visible in the north-western sky for Indian stargazers from Tuesday onwards, said Deputy Director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium in Odisha.

When can the comet be seen in India? Time and dates:

Neowise, the brightest comet visible from the Northern Hemisphere in a quarter-century, can be observed with the naked eye in India.

The rare comet will be visible after sunset for around 20 minutes. It can be spotted every day from July 14 for the next 20 days, the planetarium head said.

The comet provides a stunning night-time show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail

When was the comet first spotted?

Comet Neowise swept within Mercury's orbit a week ago and now it is streaking past the Earth. Its close proximity to the sun caused dust and gas to burn off its surface and create an even bigger debris tail. Now the comet is headed our way, with the closest approach in two weeks.

NASA's Neowise infrared space telescope discovered the comet in March.

Scientists involved in the mission said the comet is about 3 miles (5 kilometers) across. Its nucleus is covered with sooty material dating back to the origin of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago.