This is the optimum viewing period as the sun reflects off the space station and contrasts against the darker sky. What makes this one unique is that it is visible to the naked eye. A man with a telescope watches the night sky as Comet NEOWISE appears over the San Gabriel Mountains ... [+] National Monument on July 19, 2020 northwest of Los Angeles, California. Now the comet is … 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. Comets ATLAS and SWAN might have turned out to be duds for sky watchers, but a new celestial spectacle, Comet F3 NEOWISE, is already exceeding the expectations set by its two predecessors.. Already-visible to the naked eye, Comet F3 NEOWISE (or C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)) was discovered on March 27 by (and named after) NASA’s Near Earth Objects Wide-field Infrared Survey … 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. I'm the editor of and the author of "A Stargazing Program for Beginners: A Pocket Field Guide" (Springer, 2015), as well as many eclipse-chasing guides. Never created a password? However, as Comet NEOWISE began making its long trek out of our solar system, it became visible to the naked eye, surviving the intense pass by Mercury and our local star. Neowise, which is named after the space telescope used to discover it, is also the brightest comet to appear in 23 years (the last was Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997). There’s no need to wait around; begin stargazing and looking for the comet straight away, but just bear in mind that your night vision will kick-in gradually. The letters represent compass directions -- N is north, WNW is west by northwest, and so on. Comet NEOWISE has been moving away from the sun. San Antonio, TX » 77° San Antonio, TX » ... Comet NEOWISE will begin to fade as it moves farther away from the sun and the Earth on its journey … How to find Comet NEOWISE on Sunday, July 26, 2020. Use it as an excuse to have dinner alfresco. Follow all of this advice and a glimpse of one the most scenic comet in over 20 years will be yours—but hurry! Observers in the Northern Hemisphere are hoping to catch a glimpse of Comet NEOWISE as it zips through the inner solar system before it speeds away into the depths of space. Take any pair of binoculars, which in any case has always been the best way to observe the comet over the past few weeks. I'm an experienced science, technology and travel journalist and stargazer writing about exploring the night sky, solar and lunar eclipses, moon-gazing, astro-travel, astronomy and space exploration. This value, like maximum height, also is measured in degrees from the horizon. To recap, here's when to look for the comet throughout the month: The big ball of ice was discovered on March 27, 2020 by NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE). I'm an experienced science, technology and travel journalist and stargazer writing about exploring the night sky, solar and lunar eclipses, moon-gazing, astro-travel. It represents the height of the space station from the horizon in the night sky. Have you seen Comet NEOWISE yet? Please correct the following before proceeding: 2020-11-19 00:48:00.0,Wed Nov 18, 6:48 PM,3 min,55°,33° above WSW,28° above NNE|2020-11-20 00:00:00.0,Thu Nov 19, 6:00 PM,5 min,68°,20° above SSW,10° above NE|2020-11-20 01:39:00.0,Thu Nov 19, 7:39 PM,< 1 min,10°,10° above NW,10° above NW|2020-11-21 00:50:00.0,Fri Nov 20, 6:50 PM,3 min,17°,14° above WNW,11° above N|2020-11-22 00:03:00.0,Sat Nov 21, 6:03 PM,4 min,28°,23° above WNW,11° above NNE|2020-11-24 00:06:00.0,Mon Nov 23, 6:06 PM,1 min,10°,10° above NW,10° above NNW|. Choose a park on the edge of town rather than one in the center of a city, but if you can get as far from urban areas as possible. And like most skywatching events, it’s always best to head outside a little early so your eyes can adjust to the darkness. Comet Neowise swept within Mercury’s orbit a week ago. This increased heat can force the icy comet to break apart as was seen earlier this year with Comet ATLAS. Neowise will be in the northwestern part of the sky, a little bit below the Big Dipper. If you hold your fist at arm's length and place your fist resting on the horizon, the top will be about 10 degrees. That's no different for Comet NEOWISE. - The email address / mobile number you entered is not valid. NASA's Neowise infrared space telescope discovered the comet in March. (See the graphic below.) Try finding a good, unobstructed view of the horizon. After July 11, the comet will no longer be visible in the morning sky for most viewers in the US. Appears is the location in the sky where the station will be visible first. Comet NEOWISE visible under the Big Dipper.