4K video from International Space Station shows Comet Neowise rising above Earth

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 14th, 2020 3:51 pm

Last Updated Jul 15th, 2020 at 12:47 pm

NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station recently witnessed the newly discovered Comet Neowise rising above the predawn horizon of the Earth.

NASA astronaut Bob Behnken, who recently launched to the ISS aboard SpaceX's new Crew Dragon spaceship, called the spectacle "awesome."

"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," Behnken said.

Behnken and his colleagues recorded 550 photographs of the phenomenon, which UK-based graphic artist Seán Doran downloaded and edited into a mesmerizing 7-minute time-lapse video.

He later uploaded an ultra-high-definition 4K video complete with ambient music to his personal YouTube page.

? Comet Neowise, which NASA first discovered on March 27 by using its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope, is expected to make its closest approach to Earth on July 23 — about 64 million miles away.

The comet is quickly heading toward the outer fringes of our solar system and will not return for another 6,768 years.


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