Comet SWAN Is Now Visible To The Naked Eye: How To See It In The Sky

( Comet C/2020 F8 SWAN captured by Australia’s Siding Spring telescope. Image Credit: Esposito Raffaele / Telescope Siding Spring / Spaceweather.com. Find the latest astronomical news in Star Walk 2. )

Comet SWAN: Latest news

Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) has increased its brightness dramatically from magnitude 8 to magnitude 5.2, which is bright enough to see it with unaided eyes under dark clear skies. Some skywatchers have already seen it with unaided eyes and through binoculars and managed to get nice photos.

A Naked Eye Object

Astronomers believe that Comet SWAN will get brighter in the nearest future if it doesn’t disintegrate as Comet ATLAS did. If the comet continues to gain brightness at the current rate, it should turn into an obvious naked-eye object in mid-May.

( Easily locate Comet SWAN in your sky with the free stargazing app Star Walk 2 for iOS and Android. )

How to see Comet SWAN in May 2020

Scientists are not sure how long the comet’s visit will last. If you would like to track the movements of Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN), check the stargazing app Star Walk 2 where you can find real-time information about the comet’s location in the sky.

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