Comet NEOWISE Visits Northeast: How to View it on Long Island

Processed data from the WISPR instrument on NASA’s Parker Solar Probe shows greater detail in the twin tails of comet NEOWISE as seen

Comet gives an early morning show over Lake Tahoe

The comet will be closest to Earth on July 22, when it will be about 103 million kilometres away.

Comet Neowise and noctilucent clouds.

Comet Neowise was discovered in late March by a space telescope and is going to be visible with the naked eye from anywhere in the United Kingdom for the rest of July.

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) has a split tail that you can see in numerous photos of the comet that have made it to social media, including this one from NASA.

While several comets rarely survive the Sun's intense light and heat, NEOWISE has emerged from the ordeal brighter than before, startling space scientists in the process. "In the evenings to follow, the comet will rapidly climb higher in the sky and will be visible for a longer period", said Dr. Subhendu Pattnaik, Deputy Director Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Bhubaneswar. While there is no strict definition of exactly what a great comet is, it's generally agreed that we have not seen one since Hale-Bopp in 1997. But if they're into astronomy, you're in luck, because we should be able to see a comet starting tonight.

NASA's guide to where to see the comet
NASA's guide to where to see the comet

The name Neowise comes from the space telescope - Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer - that discovered it in March of this year. A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail.

The comet will be visible around the world until mid-August, when it heads back towards the outer solar system.

Comets are cosmic snowballs of frozen gases, rock and dust that orbit the Sun in a highly elliptical path. Once you've found it and its trademark split tail, you should be able to then track it with the naked eye. "Last night was the same, just watching this comet move up and eventually disappear was an absolute joy", he posted.

And between July 30 and 31, the comet will be passing just to the north of the fine star cluster of Coma Berenices, also known as Berenice's Hair.

"Through about the middle of the month, the comet is visible around 10 degrees above the northeastern horizon (the width of your outstretched fist) in the hour before dawn", the space agency added.

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