Gordano Student Captures Images of NEOWISE Comet
- By Rachele Snowden
- Posted 6th August 2020
Gordano School students were challenged by Head of Physics Dr Beer to observe and take photographs of the NEOWISE comet. Mabel Mills (Year 7) provided some of the best images, which also include the Ursa Major constellation, also known as the Plough or Big Dipper. Mabel used a long exposure to obtain these excellent images whilst on holiday in Brittany. They clearly show the comet’s tail.
Comets are balls of ice, dust and small rock that orbit the sun in highly eccentric elliptical (oval) orbits. NEOWISE was unexpected and came close enough, at 64 million miles away, to be observed without the aid of a telescope or binoculars. More information on spotting this comet can be found here.
Well done Mabel and thank you for sharing the images.