Constantine Emmanouilidi, a photographer based in Thessaloniki, traveled to Meteora in central Greece to capture this rare cosmic event when comet Neowise crossed over the towering rock formations which are home to one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries.
The monasteries are included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites.
Emmanouilidi says he waited all night to capture the scene just before sunrise. Neowise, a comet which was only discovered in March of this year, has been visible to the naked eye for some days, and will remain so until mid-August.
It is the brightest comet which has been visible from the Northern Hemisphere in approximately 25 years.
Alexandros Maragos, an Athens-based, award-winning filmmaker and photographer, also captured the passage of the comet over the Greek capital last week at 05:00 local time, about an hour before sunrise.
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A #comet over #Athens! Comet C/2020 F3 #neowise shining over the #city and mount Pentelicus on July 9, 2020 at 5:00am, 1 hour before #sunrise. The comet is visible with naked eye. NEOWISE is a retrograde comet with a near-parabolic orbit discovered on March 27, 2020 by the NEOWISE telescope. #space #earth #universe #nasa #sky #astronomy #astrophotography #science #greece #alexandrosmaragos
Neowise was just discovered on March 27 of this year by researchers analyzing imagery captured by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer spacecraft (hence the name).
Neowise passed closest to the Sun on July 3, 2020. Closest approach to Earth will occur July 23, 2020 at a distance of 103 million km (64,001,232 miles).
The current viewing opportunity represents your only shot to get a look at the long-period comet, which won’t be back in our neck of the cosmic woods for thousands of years, Space.com, reports.