Published on Jan 5, 2017
Rare Comet Visiting Inner Solar System For The First Time To Be Visible From Earth This January
C/2016 U1 NEOWISE may be seen using a pair of binoculars when it gets close enough to planet Earth. The comet follows an orbit that is possibly millions of years long.
Last year, NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission detected an object that may be possibly seen using only a pair of binoculars once it gets close enough to Earth.
The object, whose characteristics hint it is a comet, is known as C/2016 U1 NEOWISE. The celestial body releases dust as it gets near the sun just like other comets including comet 67P, which the Rosetta probe of the European Space Agency observed producing clouds of gas and dust as it got nearer the sun.