COSAM News Articles 2020 July Look to the Sky for Comet Neowise

Look to the Sky for Comet Neowise

Published: 07/20/2020

By: Maria Gebhardt

“With just the naked eye or a pair of binoculars, anyone can enjoy astronomy and view Comet Neowise,” explained Dennis Bodewits, associate professor in the Department of Physics. “It depends a bit on how dark the place is where you try to view it.”

According the, about 80 minutes after sunset will be the optimal time to view Comet Neowise.

Viewers should look to the northwest horizon to see the comet. Because it is placed right under the Big Dipper, it should be easy to find and light interference from the moon will be minimal for observers.

“This bright comet is a great way for parents to share amateur astronomy with their children or for anyone to get outside and enjoy the beauty of a comet across the night sky,” Bodewits added.

To learn more about Comet Neowise, visit these resources:

NASA - How to See Comet NEOWISE

Amazing photos of Comet NEOWISE from the Earth and space

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