Astronomers keeping a close eye on the newly discovered Comet SWAN have discovered that it faces a fight for survival as it nears the Sun. But it’s good news for skywatchers, as the space rock is more beautiful than before.
The comet, the official name of which is C/2020 F8, was discovered in late March by astronomer Michael Mattiazzo from Australia. All indications suggest it is likely to be the brightest comet visible in 2020.
It got its nickname because the first images of the fireball were captured by the Solar Wind Anisotropies (SWAN) instrument on the joint ESA and NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).