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3rd of August 2020
Comet Neowise at Parkes
Comet 2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is a long period comet discovered in March by astronomers using the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope. The designation C/2020 F3 indicates a non-periodic comet that was the third discovered in the second half of March 2020. Comet NEOWISE made its closest approach to the Sun (perihelion) on July 3, 2020, at a distance of 0.29 AU (43 million km). Its closest approach to Earth occurred on July 23rd at a distance of 0.69 AU (103 million km). A bright comet in northern hemisphere, it has been steadily fading as it has moved south, however John Sarkissian was able to capture the above image on July 30th.

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