Astrophotographers from all over the world have been taking stunning pictures of Comet Nishimura as it travels through the solar system.
Majority of new comets are now found with automated telescopes
Hideo Nishimura, a Japanese amateur astronomer from Kakegawa City, found the comet in August 2023 while using a Canon DSLR camera and telephoto lens. The majority of new comets are now found with automated telescopes like the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System, or Pan-STARRS, in Hawaii, so finding one with an ordinary camera is quite an accomplishment- solar storm, reports from space.com.
Comet hunters and astrophotographers from all over the world have been tracking Comet Nishimura’s movement for the past few weeks, producing some amazing photographs in the process.
The coming weeks ought to be fruitful for finding Comet Nishimura
The ice and dust ball is getting close to its closest point to Earth, which it will reach on September 12 before making its closest approach to the sun, or perihelion, on September 17- solar storm. In the early morning hours before sunrise, the comet is currently passing over the Leo constellation.
A stargazing app might be your best chance for helping you locate the comet, and binoculars or a telescope should give you access a good view of it. To see the show, look to the east during the early morning hours. Expect to observe a fuzzy, greenish ball using binoculars or small to medium-sized telescopes, but the comet’s tail should be visible with more powerful equipment-solar storm.
Famous Austrian comet hunter Michael Jäger has so far in September taken a ton of amazing pictures of Comet Nishimura. Jäger even witnessed the comet lose its tail earlier this month during a disconnection event caused by a burst of solar wind, solar storm , which is referred to as such.