An incredibly rare comet will be at its brightest over the next three days, lighting up skies and making for some breathtaking views.
Comet C/2020 F3, or NEOWISE, has been visible around the planet all month, and if you didn’t take your chance to see it, the next few days will provide some of the best views yet.
Comet NEOWISE will reach the closest point to earth on July 22 to 23, meaning the views will get even more spectacular all across the country.
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“A wonderful binocular comet has been gracing our early morning skies, and now it’s becoming visible in the evening as well, for observers at northerly latitudes such as those in the northern US and Canada,” the celestial trackers at EarthSky write.
“Some skilled observers have reported that – once you spot it with binoculars – you can remove them and glimpse this comet as a fuzzy ball, using only the unaided eye. Using binoculars or other optical aid is a must, though, if you want to see this comet’s splendid split tail.”
EarthSky says that it’s easier to spot the comet in the second half of July, and it’ll gradually be higher each night, just below the Big Dipper.
While early mornings before sunrise are still the best time to see it, EarthSky notes that the comet will appear to be circumpolar and travel around the north star, above our horizon at all times, and has become visible in the early evenings.
If you manage to catch a glimpse, don’t forget to try to capture a picture and enjoy the spectacular view.