Only a couple more chances to see Comet NEOWISE



7/22/20 Update: While Comet NEOWISE will be closest to the earth on Thursday (July 23), the comet is becoming dimmer. Expert skywatcher Tony Rice tells WANE 15, “It is about 1/3rd as bright as it was this time last week.  By the end of the weekend, it is expected to be half as bright as today (7/22), and really pushing “naked eye visible” for all but the most experienced observers from the darkest sites.”

Here are the updated viewing times. The comet’s visibility starts off highest in the sky and decreases toward 0° by the end of the time-frames listed below.

Visibility of Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)

Fri Jul 2410:37 PM to  1:52 AM
altitude: 25.2° to 0.1°
Sat Jul 2510:36 PM to  1:48 AM
altitude: 26.3° to 0.1°

After Saturday, July 25, the comet is expected to dim to be spotted with the naked eye.

Comet NEOWISE photo from Tony Rice near Falls Lake, NC with sky reference points overlaid
Comet NEOWISE photo from Tony Rice near Falls Lake, NC

Note: Some enhancements to the photos have been made. The photographer notes, “The comet is visible to the unaided eye but is not as bright as these photos (or any other you may see online), of course.  It’s more pronounced (looking less like a blurry smear) than other bright comets I have seen, especially recently.”

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