Neo-wise Comet Facts
- Comet Neo-wise was recently discovered on March 27, 2020 and is officially known as “C/2020 F3.”
- A Comet (not to be confused with asteroid or meteorite) is an icy, rocky object that orbits around the Sun. They commonly have two tails (shown in the picture), one made of dust and the other made of charge gas molecules.
- A recent study at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory estimates the comet holds up to 13 million Olympic size swimming pools (about 8580000000000 gallons of water.)
- Neo-wise is about 3 miles in diameter and is extremely bright. At its peak, a person could Neowise with their naked eye at low light pollution.
- Because of Neo-wise’s long estimated orbit, the comet will only be seen again on Earth in 6,800 years.
- Did you know, according to recent Harvard Study, comets may be spreading life across the galaxy? Because of the water and resources contained in an comet, it is possible that dormant bacteria are being spread to other distant planets and galaxies by a process called panspermia. Panspermia is the theory that life exists in other places due to the collision of comets, asteroids, etc. on planet surfaces.