Here’s how you can see the NEOWISE comet from L.A.
Comet NEOWISE (also known as Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE) has been zooming through the inner solar system creating a dazzling sky show for Northern Hemisphere observers. Avid photographers and skywatchers have been following the movements, hoping to catch a glimpse before it vanished into the dark depths of space for another 6,800 years! [Featured Image: u/kmk1986 ]
The comet was discovered by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission in late March this year. After a close encounter with the sun, which has created its glowing trail, the comet is heading back into the outer solar system. As it travels, it will continue to rise further above the northwestern horizon (as seen in the chart below) make it more visible for a longer period.
If you’ve been keeping a close eye on it over the previous week, then you’ve probably been waking up at 4:00 am to see it very briefly. From this week, however, you’ll be able to see it using binoculars or a small telescope (or even the naked eye) if you look to the northwest skies just after sunset. The best time to see it will be on July 22, when it makes its closest approach to Earth of 64 million miles away.
Here are some tips for those wishing to see it from NASA:
Find a spot away from city lights with an unobstructed view of the sky
Just after sunset, look below the Big Dipper in the northwest sky
If you have them, bring binoculars or a small telescope to get the best views of this dazzling display
If it all gets to confusing you can always use an app called Stellarium, it’ll tell you where to look based on your location.