Where to See Neowise Before it disappears for 6,800 years


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Discovered on March 27 of this year, the comet Neowise has put on a bright display for onlookers as it is visible to the naked eye. Spanning around three miles across, Neowise has been on its journey orbiting the sun before it returns to the outer solar system, not to be seen by those on Earth for another 6,800 years. To the naked eye, the comet has been visible in the early morning all through the first half of July. Now it is distinguishable in the evening for around two hours after dusk. It is said to be visible until the last weekend of July before it will fade back into the depths of the solar system.


To find the comet, one must look just below the Big Dipper in the North West sky after sunset each day. It is an amazing discovery as the comet is particularly bright and will look like a fuzzy star with a streaking tail without observation tools. For an even better view, a small telescope will clarify the view and show the incredible mass of ice, rock, and dust.


Neowise travels around 40 miles per second and as it closes in on the sun, its tail will intensify as it gathers heat from the sun. As of now, it is about 70 million miles from Earth and it is tied to the Sun’s gravitational force. It is set to orbit the Sun every 600 or 700 years, but it will not make another appearance for the onlookers on Earth for thousands of years. To best see the comet, find a place without the distraction of city lights and a clear view of the night sky.



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