Comet Neowise and how to see it.

Good evening and welcome to a special blog on Comet Neowise. We are going to explain how to see Comet Neowise. The story so far and images people have captured already.

This Comet was spotted first on the 27th March and made its closest approach to the Sun on the 3rd of July. This was critical time for the comet as this was the greatest threat of it breaking up. It made it past its closet approach to the sun and now can be seen visible from the UK. If it survives this long it will come into the closest approach to the Earth on the 23rd of July. But don’t worry still 103 million km away.

The best time to see Neowise so far has been in the early hours of the morning before Sunrise. However I have been getting reports of it being visible in the evening sky after sunset. As long the comet maintains its brightness the greater the chance of it being seen in the evening sky will be in the next few days and weeks.

Some photos have already been taken on the islands.

So where is the best place to see it. This extract from the Sky at Night explains more

Whether you look for it before sunrise or after sunset, NEOWISE is now in the constellation of Auriga, moving slowly westwards.

At the moment it is shining beneath and to the lower left of the bright star Capella, but by mid-July the comet will have moved into Lynx, and will be visible all through the night, but always low in the north.

On 17 July the comet will move into Ursa Major, and from then until the end of the month it will pass beneath the stars of the Big Dipper.

As July ends, NEOWISE will move into Coma Berenices. How bright it will be by then is anyone’s guess, but it should still be visible in binoculars and small telescopes.

The best time to look for NEOWISE will be on and after 7 July, when it will be a morning and evening object, low in the north.

Most observers will see it in the evening sky, before and after midnight, because that takes less effort than getting up at 2am!

Be aware that the comet’s low altitude might mean it is hidden behind any trees, hills or tall buildings on your favourite observing site’s northern horizon, so you might need to go somewhere different to see it.

More from the Sky at Night team here https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/advice/skills/how-to-see-comet-c-2020-f3-neowise/

Here is a stunning selection of Neowise photographs from across the globe.

Keith Knipling DC
Alyn Wallace Cardiff
Mike Mezeul II – Arizona
Estonia – Tarmo Tanilsoo

Hopefully we will get further photographs in the coming weeks from our islands. Please share them with us if you do. It would be great to show them to everyone.

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