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NEOWISE Comet- Chances are still awaiting to Witness the Rare new Comet

NEOWISE Comet- Chances are still awaiting to Witness the Rare new Comet

Scientists discovered a comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE or simply NEOWISE getting closer to the sun in March. Now, as the comet with its prominent tail is getting more visible from the earth, it can be spotted with our naked hands for the coming few days, starting today (July 14).

By July 14 its altitude will have already doubled to 10 degrees, and by July 19 it will have doubled yet again to 20 degrees up by the end of nautical twilight. By then it will have moved to above the northwest horizon. 

So, we at Space.com feel that the best time to view the comet during the evening will come during the July 14-19 time frame. 

Just by looking at the north-western sky after sunset when the sun's light has died out, one can spot the once in a lifetime spectacle with their nakes eyes.

How to watch the NEOWISE comet

The comet has an orbit huge enough to last about 7,000 years hence, it will again come close to us or the sun after thousands of years. So this is our only chance to catch its glimpse.

Researchers recommend taking aid of binoculars to catch a clearer glimpse of the comet. Naked eyes will also do the trick.

On July 3 earlier this year, NEOWISE had come so close to the sun that its orbit was closer than that of Mercury. As comets are made out of various types of ices, going that close to the sun resulted in various reactions in it.

After July 11, the comet will no longer be visible in the morning sky for most viewers in the US. Sometime between July 12-15, it will emerge in the early evening sky, according to an estimate from EarthSky. Later in July, it may be even easier to see as it continues to climb higher in the sky. It could remain visible to some extent into August, assuming, of course, that the comet doesn't fade or break apart. Comets are volatile, so it's advisable to get out soon and maybe get a repeat viewing as it gets higher.

When it appears in the evening, EarthSky says it'll most easily be viewed at northern latitudes like Canada and the mid- and northern US. It'll slowly become more easily visible in southern latitudes as the month wears on.


To find the comet, look to the northwest just after sunset. It'll be almost directly below the Big Dipper. It'll start just to the right (and still below) that easily identifiable constellation, near the horizon, on July 15. Then it will gradually move to the left and up until it's just to the left of the Big Dipper, almost under Arcturus (the brightest star in the sky right now), on July 23. That night it'll be just a bit to the right of a low-hanging crescent moon. 

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