Comet Swan is wandering through the solar system and is visible at night to the naked eye. However, to see it, you must know precisely where to look for it.
The long-tailed comet was discovered only a month ago, but it has quickly risen to fame among the amateur astronomers’ community.
About Comet SWAN
Michael Mattiazzo from Australia discovered Comet SWAN.
It has been labeled C/2020 F8 (SWAN), and it has passed Earth on May 13, but might remain within sights for a few weeks.
The glowing of the comet happens thanks to its composition – It’s a chunk of ice, rock, and dust. That mix allows it to reflect sunlight, making it appear as a glowing coma.
Astronomers from across the world are reporting sights of the comet in the night skies, and it’s quite a beautiful show, so you should consider watching it pass by our planet.
One enthusiast tweeted: “Comet SWAN has gotten a bit higher for my location in southwest Alabama.”
The comet is closely followed by a trail of gas and dust that spans for 11 million miles.
The comet came closest to Earth on May 12 to 13, at only 0.56au (astronomical units).
It’s estimated that it will be observable until at least May 27.
The comet is currently reported to cut across the constellation Triangulum.
Triangulum is a small constellation that can be found north of the celestial equator, so you should have an easy time finding it.
Your best chances of admiring it in all its splendor are watching the night skies from the Southern Hemisphere, though it can also be seen in some areas during predawn hours.
A few challenges might stand in your way: “The comet gets higher as dawn breaks, which means it’ll never appear in a dark sky for mid-northern observers,” according to Rick Fienberg of the American Astronomical Society.