Stunning pictures show Comet Neowise at its closest point to Earth before vanishing for 7000 years


COMET Neowise has made its closest approach to Earth.

Astronomers don’t think the space rock will be coming this close again for around another 7,000 years so luckily it was caught on camera.

Neowise was only discovered by Nasa in March.

At it’s closest it was around 103 million km away.

That’s about four times further away than the Moon is.

The comet reached its closest approach to us on July 23 but you should still be able to spot it for a few days more.

Try looking for it an hour after sunset under the Big Dipper constellation.

Neowise has been a very popular stargazing attraction this month because you can see it with the naked-eye.

However, if there is poor visibility in your area due to the weather or light pollution then head over to the Virtual Telescope Project’s YouTube and watch it live.

Neowise has been visible from mid-northern latitudes, including the UK and the US.

It’s now heading away from us on a journey to loop around the Sun.

The comet has been rising higher in the sky as the month has gone on.

If you still want to spot it but are having trouble, try looking for its tail of ice.

That’s millions of miles of vapour and ice burning off the comet.

In other news, incredible images captured from the surface of Mars have been remastered in stunning 4K by genius space fans.

Scientists think a huge asteroid shower rained down on the Earth and Moon 800 million years ago.

And, astronomers claim to have found a mysterious space structure spanning 1.4 billion light years across called the South Pole Wall.

How often do you stargaze? Let us know in the comments…

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