The brilliant comet Neowise has been talking. With that in mind, astronomers from the observatory Slooh, a robotic telescope service that can be accessed live through the internet, will hold a livenoom next Saturday (18), at 6 pm (from the Brasilia schedule), so that everyone can get to know it.
The event will be broadcast free on the official Slooh profile on Twitter and Facebook, as well as on the YouTube observatory channel. In fact, the exhibition is already scheduled and can be watched below:
Slooh subscribers, who pay from US $ 50 (about R $ 270 in direct currency conversion) to US $ 100 (about R $ 540 in direct currency conversion) per month, can simultaneously participate in a video conference via Zoom with astronomer Paul Cox, who will explain Neowise.
“It is a truly magical experience to witness such a large comet gracing our skies! We will tell viewers how they can see it in their backyards, and Slooh members will continue to watch it on Slooh’s live telescope every night this week”, said Cox.
Neowise in Brazil
The comet has already made several appearances in the northern hemisphere, but here, we will still need to wait a few days to see it with the naked eye. He will begin to appear in the early evening, in a northwest direction from 20 July. However, initially only for the northernmost states of the country, such as Roraima and Amap. After the 20th, it will appear higher on the horizon and can be seen in more southern locations. From the 24th, for example, it can be seen by residents of the state of So Paulo, and, on the 26th, it will be visible to all of Brazil.
To help anyone interested in catching Neowise, the Digital Look prepared some observation and photography tips.
How to observe and photograph
The tendency is now that the comet’s brightness begins to decrease as it moves away from the Sun. Therefore, it will be easier to observe it in the first days. To find it, look for it near the horizon in the northwest direction, as soon as it starts to get dark. Obviously, you need a free horizon in that direction. The comet will only be visible at the beginning of the night. It should be an hour after the sun, and it will be very difficult to see it when it is closer to the horizon. So, try not to waste time watching and photographing it.
If you have a camera, support it on a trip, point in the direction of the comet, shoot using the timer to avoid undesirable tremors. It is important to set it to night mode (moderate ISO, large aperture and high exposure). If possible, train a few nocturnal clicks in advance, it will make all the difference, since you will not have much time to register the comet.