Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE is the third comet discovered by astronomers this year, and astronomers say it could become a visible comet and may become brighter,media CNET reported. Comet Atlas and Comet Swan have the same potential, but they disintegrate before they really become so dazzling and sensational.
Astronomer Dr Tony Phillips wrote on Spaceweather.com: “It may not look good now, but the comet may become brighter in the weeks after the closest point (to the sun). Observers in the northern hemisphere will be able to easily see it in the mid-July night sky. “
If all goes well, Comet Neowise may be as bright as the brightest star in the sky.
Comets, however, are notoriously “fickle” and it is difficult to predict how they will perform in their close contact with the sun. But Michael Mattiazzo, a veteran comet observer, believes Neowise is likely to be more durable than Swan or Atlas. “I would say that the comet has a 70 percent chance of surviving in the near days,” he told Phillips. “Comet Neowise may be the third lucky case. “