Today’s the day, stargazers! Comet NEOWISE will be streaking across Florida skies tonight, putting on its most dazzling display yet, and there are several ways to enjoy the show. This view is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so you’ll want to make sure you have all the details and plan out your night of stargazing, so you don’t miss a thing!
NASA explains that those in the Northern Hemisphere will be able to spot the celestial show this evening. The comet will be easily visible with binoculars for watchers in brightly lit cities, and possibly even seen by the naked eye under dark and clear enough skies.
“Don't miss your chance to see it,” says NASA. “The comet will not return to Earth's skies for about 6,800 years.”
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You’ll still be able to catch a glimpse of the comet through the rest of the month, but tonight, July 23, it will be at its closest approach to Earth at a distance of about 64 million miles, making it appear brighter and easier to see.
Those looking to the skies for this once in a lifetime sight will want to look above the moon and right below the Big Dipper, west-northwest in the sky. You should be able to see it, especially with only a 5% chance of rain tonight.
Binoculars or a telescope will enhance your viewing experience but aren't necessary. Now might be the time to brush up your long exposure photography skills so you can capture the stellar sight on camera.
Some photos of the comet have already emerged out of Florida this month and are absolutely spectacular.
Discovered just this March, Neowise gets its name from NASA’s Near-Earth Objects Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, the telescope through which it was found.
Having survived its recent approach to the sun and emerging even stronger, the comet is now making its way back out to the far reaches of the solar system.