Comet NEOWISE will come closest to Earth after sunset tonight, passing at a safe distance of 64 million miles. By the end of July, it will fade as it moves away from the sun and Earth, heading back to remote parts of the solar system.Sounds like it's in the northwestern sky after sunset, but it's been cloudy at the coast the last few evenings. So you probably want to head inland a little bit.
Here are some tips to help you find it in the night sky before it vanishes.
Comet NEOWISE is so bright that it can be seen with the naked eye, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get a perfect view. Looking up from a dark place away from city lights about 90 minutes after sunset, “it looks like a fuzzy star with a little bit of a tail,” according to Space.com. Add a pair of binoculars or a small telescope, and the comet and its tail will be easier to spot.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Comet Neowise viewing tonight