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NEOWISE: Rare image of a comet’s sodium tail – Mirage News

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Scientists produce new view of comet from raw data
Comet NEOWISE: Left, light reflected off cometary dust. Right, the light emitted by sodium atoms.
In early July, Comet NEOWISE approached the sun for the first time in nearly 4,500 years. For observers in the Northern Hemisphere, it is now faintly visible toward the Northwest after sunset. When viewed through binoculars its showy tail should continue to dazzle through at least July 22, when it passes a mere 100 million kilometers from Earth.

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