This month is your only chance to see a comet 3 miles wide, and its nova will fly over the earth. The space puck and its brightly colored tail are expected to reach peak brightness this week.
Neowise comes from the outermost layer of our solar system. Its orbit approached the Sun dangerously on July 3-nearly 10 million miles from Mercury’s orbit-but New Wales survived and moved towards the earth. Now, the entire northern hemisphere can be seen with the naked eye.
According to NASA, this comet is expected to be closest to our planet on July 23, close to 64 million miles. However, from now to Sunday, this week may be the best opportunity to discover it in the sky.
Then it will bounce again towards the edge where the sun reaches. It will not return to the inner solar system for 6768 years.
How to discover Neowise
So far, many comet viewers have had to stay up all night or wake up before dawn to see Neowise lift off. But according to Space.com, the comet’s “golden hour” viewing time will be later this week, about 80 minutes after sunset.
To capture space ice balls and the tails of white dust and blue ionized gas, move closer to the horizon.
If you are an early riser, Neowise should also appear before sunrise, about 10 degrees above the northeast horizon-if you have a certain distance to clenched your fist, that is about the width of your clenched fist. In the next few days, it will fall, around 5 degrees by Saturday. After that, the morning was too low.
However, after sunset, as the week progresses, the comet will be higher in the sky and easier to see. By Sunday, it will hang 20 degrees (two fists) above the horizon. At night, the northwest rose upward.
You don’t need a telescope or binoculars-in the dark sky, Neowise can be seen with the naked eye. The easiest way to see if you are away from bright city lights.