Comet NEOWISE visible during July 2020

Comet NEOWISE visible during July 2020
Comet NEOWISE visible Tuesday morning (7/7/2020) near Jones, Oklahoma. Courtesy: Paul Smith (Paul Smith)

Quick Facts:

  • This particular comet was discovered in late March
  • NEOWISE (aka C/2020 F3) should be visible throughout July
  • This should be 2020′s first comet visible with the naked eye

When was the last time you got up in the early morning hours or stayed up late to see a comet? If it has been a while - you might want to do that in the next few days!

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Comet NEOWISE (named for NASA’s Near Earth Object’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer space telescope) was first seen March 27, 2020.

This particular comet is predicted to be easiest to see (also meaning it’s brightest) by mid-July but could fizzle-out at any moment.

Check out this photo from Jones, Oklahoma, taken by Paul Smith!

Comet NEOWISE visible Tuesday morning (7/7/2020) near Jones, Oklahoma. Courtesy: Paul Smith
Comet NEOWISE visible Tuesday morning (7/7/2020) near Jones, Oklahoma. Courtesy: Paul Smith (Paul Smith)

Best time to see this comet

Comet NEOWISE has been visible just above the horizon when looking to the northeast just before dawn. Now the comet is becoming visible in the evening after dusk looking northwest. If you know your constellations, it is currently approaching Ursa Major.

Comet NEOWISE will be closest to Earth by July 23, 2020, making that the peak IF it can stay together and stay bright. At that point, we’ll be starting with the New Moon (meaning the sky will be the darkest), and the best chance to see the comet will be in the middle of the time.

How to see the comet now

Until we get to the “peak time”, your best chance to see the comet is with binoculars.

You’ll need to know just a little bit about the sky to find the comet.

Here is a good map to help you find this comet:

Why should I stay up to see this comet

There are a couple of good reasons to get up and see this particular comet. One is that this comet still has the chance to fizzle out and not be as bright. Another is that this comet is one of the few naked-eye comets of the 21st Century and some of the other comets we’ve seen so far this year have not been as bright as this one. The biggest reason is that this comet will not be visible again for more than 6,500 years!

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