Ken & Tess

Now Is The Best Time To See The Comet NEOWISE


From the pictures I’ve seen online, the comet NEOWISE is something to check out! In fact, NEOWISE has been described as the best comet performance for Northern Hemisphere observers since the 1997 appearance of Comet Hale-Bopp.

Up until now, (July 12th, 2020) the comet NEOWISE has been visible only during the early morning hours. Now, the comet can be viewed above the north-northwest horizon, 80 minutes after sunset. The best time to view the comet at night will come between July 14th and the 19th, and the comet’s closest pass by Earth will be July 23rd, which should make for exciting view if the comet’s brightness continues to hold. It will also rise higher in the sky on July 24th and 25th.

Some optimistic sky watchers think that NEOWISE might even brighten dramatically, becoming what’s called a “great comet” that is very easy to see with the naked eye.

There are a number of conditions that will allow for a better view of the comet. Obviously, skies need to be clear, and the farther away you get from city lights will make for a better view.

If you want a really good look at the tail of this comet, bring binoculars. You will be able to see the comet and its tail if conditions are optimal, but binoculars will enhance your view of the tail.

If you don’t see the comet before it fades away in late July and August, you’ll have to wait awhile for its next appearance in the solar system, currently estimated to happen in the year 8786.

For more information, just google NEOWISE, and you will find a wealth of information.

Happy star gazing!