Did you know there is a Comet visible right now?

in #space2 years ago

Yesterday I happened on a facebook post from NASA about the NEOWISE Comet that was discovered just this year and is currently visible to the naked eye from the Northern Hemisphere.

I thought I was pretty in touch with all things space related, but I didn't know about this one.


Image Source nasa.gov

This comet was discovered by the NeoWise Satellite which is dedicated to the search for near earth objects. It has just survived it's swing around the sun and is passing back within visible distance of Earth.

Right now, they say that this comet is primarily best viewed in the early morning hours just around dawn, as well as at dusk and you should look to the western horizon. It was storming here in Nashville this morning, so I didn't get a chance to look for it when I took the dog out this morning, but I will be keeping an eye out.

It is expected to be visible for the remainder of the month of July, and at some points will be visible throughout the night rather than just dawn and dusk.


Image Source swns.com

Since we still have another 40+ years before we see Halley's Comet make it's 75 year visit you might as well try to get a glimpse of NeoWise while you have the chance.