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Russian cosmonaut takes picture of 'BRIGHTEST COMET' in 7 years as it passes close to Earth (PHOTOS)

Added 07-04-20 05:37:02pm EST - “The NEOWISE comet has just passed so close to the Earth, it has been seen with a naked eye. Yet, Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner saw right from space ?" and shared his photos of the rare event.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Russian cosmonaut takes picture of 'BRIGHTEST COMET' in 7 years as it passes close to Earth (PHOTOS)”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The celestial object, also known as C/2020 F3, raced past our planet at a distance of some 103 million kilometers. Vagner snapped a photo of it while on board the International Space Station (ISS) and shared the picture on Twitter.

During the next revolution I tried to capture the C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) comet a bit closer, the brightest one over the last 7 years. Its tail is quite clearly visible from the @Space_Station!#ISS#comet#NEOWISEpic.twitter.com/FnWkCummD6

The cosmonaut’s day in orbit appears to have been replete with memorable events – he also captured a photo of a meteor entering the Earth’s atmosphere not long before that.

A couple of minutes ago I captured 2 rare events at once: #LuminousClouds at sunrise and a #meteor entering the atmosphere. A truly mesmerizing view!Now is the high season for luminous (or mesospheric) clouds. These are the highest clouds forming at an altitude of about 80 km. pic.twitter.com/3rRg3BbGyc

NEOWISE was first discovered by NASA’s Near-Earth Objects Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer space telescope – hence its name – on March 27. Those, who managed to see it in recent days should consider themselves really lucky, because it’s not expected to approach Earth again for another 6,800 years.

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