The comet is the most influential in nearly 25 years, and it is now visible. After two other promising comets – – This year faded and faded, Comet C / 2020 F3 (aka Neowise) is already dazzling SkyWatchers, and the best ideas are yet to come.
Emily Kramer is the co-investigator on the science team for NASA’s Neowise spacecraft that discovered the comet. She told reporters on Wednesday that it is rare for a comet to be bright enough to be seen with the naked eye.
“It’s been a long time,” he said. “The last time was 1995–1996 (with Comet Hell-Bop).”
On 3 July Neowise survived its nearest brush with the sun and is now moving towards its nearest pass by Earth on 23 July.
Over the past few weeks, many amateur astrophotographers have shared stunning images of the comet, as it appears just above the horizon in the pre-skies.
, Their premium vantage point, and aided by NASA , It has many tails.
The best time to see a comet from the Earth’s surface is currently shifting from dawn to dusk.
According to NASA solar system ambassador Eddie Iriari, it will start appearing in the evening around July 15–16. It should be a little easier to see during the latter part of July when it is higher in the sky.
Right now, the advice being shared by many of those who have successfully spot the comet is to first detect it in the sky using binoculars or telescopes. Once you find it and its trademark split tail, you should be able to track it with the naked eye.
The comet’s closest pass to Earth will be July 23, which can make for a particularly exciting viewing opportunity if the comet’s glow continues to take hold or where it is intense. If you miss the actual flyby date, it will rise slightly in the sky on July 24 and 25. Comets are notoriously fickle things that can always break and burn at any time, so fingers crossed.
There is a possibility, for the most optimistic of us, that Noyce can dramatically brighten up to become a so-called “great comet” that is easily visible and brilliant to see with the naked eye. While there is no strict definition of what a great comet is, it is generally agreed that we have not seen one since Hell-Bop.
Once it appears in the evening sky in mid-month, the comet will appear towards the northwest and west sides of the sky.
Here you can see the comet over the next few weeks. Online resources such as TheSkyLive also offer similar night sky maps to aid your comet search.
You do not have to catch up if the comet essentially takes off in August or earlier, you will have to wait a while for your next trip through the inner solar system, currently in the year 8786. Estimates.