Comet Neowise: When to look out for the super bright comet in the skies tonight

Comet Neowise: When to look out for the super bright comet in the skies tonight

Comet Neowise is one of the brightest comets to pass over the Earth in recent history, which makes it easy to spot even without any telescopes or binoculars.

The comet is particularly visible for all of July, but is the most visible just before sunrise.

To find it, you need to look east.

The comet will appear underneath the Plough constellation, and just above the horizon.

Comet Neowise over Cambridgeshire

Space.com advises that stargazers hold the bottom of their clenched fist on the horizon and the comet will appear above it.

The comet passes closest to the Earth on Thursday (July 23) where it will be below and slightly to the right of the Plough.

By Saturday (July 25) the comet will have moved so that it is directly underneath the Plough, as it moves further westwards and slightly higher on our horizon every night.

How close is comet Neowise to Earth?

While the comet will be ‘closest to Earth’ on Thursday its still pretty far away, with a distance of 64 million miles between us and it.

In space terms thats deemed as close!

A NASA spokesperson said: “A comet has suddenly become visible to the unaided eye.

“Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was discovered in late March and brightened as it reached its closest approach to the sun, inside the orbit of Mercury, late last week.

“The interplanetary iceberg survived solar heating, so far, and is now becoming closer to the Earth as it starts its long trek back to the outer Solar System.

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Comet Neowise over Cambridgeshire
Comet Neowise over Cambridgeshire

“As Comet NEOWISE became one of the few naked-eye comets of the 21st Century, word spread quickly, and the comet has already been photographed behind many famous sites and cities around the globe.”

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