Best Times To See Comet Neowise From The UK


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Comet NEOWISE – formally known as Comet C/2020 F3 – was discovered on March 27, 2020 by a space observatory 326 miles (525 km) above Earth: the Near Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, also known as NEOWISE, hence the comet’s common name. The observatory was launched by NASA in 2009.

The comet is believed to be about three miles (5km) across and formed around the birth of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago. It has a split tail, which you may be able to detect through binoculars or a telescope.

NASA describes comets as cosmic snowballs of frozen gases, rock and dust that orbit the Sun. Some comets don’t survive if they get too close to the Sun, but this particular interplanetary iceberg emerged from its closest pass to our star on July 3, when it was about 26.7 million miles (43 million km) away from it.

What time to see Comet NEOWISE at night this month?

Comet NEOWISE is expected to be visible all throughout July.

The comet is best seen in the Northern Hemisphere and on clear nights.

For the best results, you will want to get up early and before sunrise.

Astronomer Eddie Irizarry said in an article for EarthSky.org: “Try going outside about an hour before sunrise, and don’t just look once, look as the minutes tick by for the comet to rise high enough in the dawn sky for you to spot it”

Where is the Neowise Comet now?

Tonight the comet will be visible looking directly north but over the coming nights it will transfer westwards as it moves in its orbit.

The comet passes closest to Earth on the 23 July 2020, when it will be below and just to the right of star constellation “The Plough”.

On the 25 July 2020, it will be directly under it, before continuing to move west and slightly upwards.

You do not need binoculars to see the comet, though they will enhance your viewing.

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