With ultra-dark sky parks, remote beaches, and tons of great camping spots, Florida can be an absolute wonderland for stargazers, especially if you know where to go. Now is the perfect time to grab bae, a blanket, and lay under the starry night sky, because you might just see something super special. In the next few weeks, the newly discovered comet Neowise can be seen shooting across Florida skies.
Neowise was first detected in March, deriving its name from the telescope that found it, NASA’s Near-Earth Objects Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
This baby is a once-in-a-lifetime viewing experience, as it has an incredibly long elliptical orbit, and won’t show up in our solar systems for about another 6,800 years according to NASA.
Visible in North America and Europe, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of this beauty with both binoculars and the naked eye.
Brush up your long exposure photography skills and you'll be able to capture this phenomenon on camera.
If you’re looking for some great stargazing spots in Florida to really take advantage of seeing this comet, Bahia Honda State Park and Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park offer some of the best views of the heavens in the state.
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve's dark sky park status makes it a top spot for stargazers.
A crescent moon on the same night will also allow for good visibility and not wash out the sky with its light.
To spot the comet, you’ll want to turn your gaze toward the west-northwest above the moon, and just below the Big Dipper.
Celestial history is in the making this week, and you won’t want to miss this gorgeous show!