An Astronaut Aboard the International Space Station Just Shared an Epic Video of Comet Neowise
By now, you’ve likely heard that a comet known as Neowise is putting on a surprise show for skywatchers this month. But, in case you needed a little boost to get outside and look for it yourself, let us present you with this unbelievable 4K video of the comet hovering in the heavens.
On July 5, NASA astronaut Bob Behnken floated over to the window aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to check out the view of the Earth below. It was then that he noticed the comet rising above our home planet. So, he turned on the ISS camera and took hundreds of photographs, which U.K.-based graphic artist Seán Doran downloaded from the NASA image archive and edited into the time-lapse movie above, Business Insider explained.
"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 told The New York Times during its podcast called The Daily. "It was just an awesome sight to be able to see."
The entire video can be described as the ultimate zen experience. As the ISS travels at about five miles per second, the Earth can be seen slowly rotating toward sunrise below.
Then, at the three-minute mark, the sun begins to appear in the lower-left corner. At the same time, the comet can also be seen rising above the horizon, with its dust and gas trailing behind. It stays in full view until the ISS rotates into the daylight.
Want to see the comet for yourself? You still have time, but you better hurry. Neowise is expected to make its closest approach to Earth on July 23, according to NASA. After that, you won’t be able to see it for another 7,000 years, so now is the time to get out there and look to the sky for something special.