Health Editor’s Note: Do you remember comet Hale-Bopp? I spent lots of time watching that one and plan to get a good look at Neowise….Carol
How to Watch Comet Neowise’s Spectacular Show
by Nora McGreevey/Smithsonianmag.com
Giant icy snowball is currently hurtling past Earth and putting on a spectacular light show—but only for a limited time. Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, the interstellar object responsible for this “natural fireworks display,” will peter out in mid-August, as it speeds away from our sun and back into the outer reaches of our solar system, according to a NASA statement.
The comet is easy to spot with the naked eye if you avoid city lights, reports Matthew Cappucci for the Washington Post. On July 11, viewers across the Northern Hemisphere will be able to spot the comet and its glowing tail right before dawn—between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. Eastern time will be the sweet spot. The comet will appear to the east-northeast of the sky and close to the horizon, so it’s important to find a dark spot with an unobstructed view of the sky, NASA ambassador Tony Rice tells the Post.
Beginning sometime between July 12 and 15, the comet will start to appear in the evenings. It will pop up just above the horizon after sundown and stay visible each night through mid-August.
From mid-July to mid-August, look to the west-northwest after sunset—...read more: