Comet NEOWISE: How to See It in Night time Skies


During this time, observers in the northern hemisphere should look towards the northwest sky to spot the comet.

Mark McCaughrean recorded this time-lapse video showing the comet's tail streaming behind it while the sound of frogs is heard in the background. Comet Neowise, a retrograde comet which passed close to the sun on July 3rd, 2020, is the brightest comet visible from earth in the last 23 years. "This is a pretty standard workflow for much of the night sky pictures seen online (including most images you'll see organizations like NASA post), especially those used for scientific purposes, as they help to show more detail".

"I fought off mosquitoes as I waited for the never-ending dusk to show me what was in the sky".

NEOWISE will appear under the Big Dipper about 10 degrees above the horizon. During the mornings, the comet will be visible higher in the Northeast sky, prior to sunrise. But because this comet is so bright, Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said residents in the city could get a glimpse of it, too.

The comet will reach its closest point to Earth on the evening of July 22, passing our planet at a distance of around 64.3 million miles (103.5 million kilometres) away.

Mike Murray, Plan Director at Delta School Planetarium, advises us the comet will seem in the sky just a minimal north of northwest.

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The comet's tail is a byproduct of the solar wind burning off the icy material from the comet head or rock.

We're not sure about you guys, but we'll be heading out to check out Neowise tonight.

It's also possible NEOWISE has two ion tails. All say that we will require binoculars to uncover it.

Scientists first spotted the comet using the Near-Earth Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) space telescope in March, Scientific American reported. It's also starting the swift climb out of the low horizon murk into the dark starry background this weekend, another plus. Will F3 NEOWISE continue to dazzle, or disintegrate? To quote Dr. Pamela Gay from a recent Astronomy Cast episode: "I'll believe it's a bright comet when it turns up in my eyepiece".

Then it will careen away - to the very edge of the solar system. "So get out and enjoy this nearly once in a lifetime event", he said.