A NASA Astronaut Has Captured A Video Of Comet Neowise Shot In Space
Skywatchers and space enthusiasts around the world have been attentively searching the skies to catch a glimpse of a newly discovered comet known as Neowise—but those who haven’t been able to spot the comet on their own are in for a treat.
Earlier this month, NASA astronaut Bob Behnken peeked outside the window aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and noticed the comet rising above the Earth. Instinctively, he grabbed the ISS camera and was able to snap hundreds of photos of the comet as it soared through the atmosphere.
“Right before the sun came up, that comet became visible during that short period of time when it was still close to the sun, but the sun was still hidden by the Earth,” Bob Behnken, who recently arrived to the International Space Station on SpaceX’s new Crew Dragon, said on The New York Times' The Daily podcast. “It was just an awesome sight to be able to see.”
From there, U.K.-based graphic artist Seán Doran, who, according to a Business Insider report, regularly processes NASA imagery, downloaded the entirety of the NASA images and edited them together, creating a jaw-dropping 4K time-lapse movie.
“Grab a cold beverage, turn off the lights, get undressed, get comfortable and pop this on the big TV,” Doran joked in a tweet, adding that it’s best to “consume whilst drinking.”
The space station, which is based over the Middle East, recently discovered Comet Neowise as it rose above the horizon—and the comet can still briefly be spotted from Earth as well.
According to NASA, the comet will make its closest approach to Earth this Thursday (July 23)—and isn’t expected to be seen for another 7,000 after that. In the meantime, you can view the spectacular 4K video on Doran’s official YouTube channel.