Watch | Astronaut captures breathtaking 4k footage of the comet Neowise


A comet known as Neowise has been putting on a show for skywatchers this month. But the most stunning footage to come from Neowise’s presence has to be the hundreds of photos that astronaut Bob Behnken took from the window of the International Space Station (ISS).

Behnken’s images were then edited into an unbelievable 4K timelapse of the comet by U.K.-based graphic artist Seán Doran.

“Right before the sun came up, the comet became visible during that short period of time when it was still close to the sun, but the sun was still hidden by the Earth,” Behnken told The New York Times during its podcast called The Daily. “It was just an awesome sight to be able to see.”

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At the three-minute mark (shown on the video below), the sun begins to appear in the lower-left corner. At the same time, the comet can also be seen rising above the horizon, with its dust and gas trailing behind. It stays in full view until the ISS rotates into the daylight.

Neowise is expected to make its closest approach to Earth on July 23, according to NASA. After that, you won’t be able to see it for another 7,000 years, so don’t miss it!

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