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    How to See Comet NEOWISE

    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/how-to-see-comet-neowise

    Observers in the Northern Hemisphere are hoping to catch a glimpse of Comet NEOWISE as it zips through the inner solar system before it speeds away into the depths of space. Discovered on March 27, 2020 by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission, Comet NEOWISE is putting on a dazzling display for skywatchers before it disappears, not to be seen again for another 6,800 years.

    For those hoping to catch a glimpse of Comet NEOWISE before it’s gone, there are several observing opportunities over the coming days when it will become increasingly visible shortly after sunset in the northwest sky. If you’re looking at the sky without the help of observation tools, Comet NEOWISE will likely look like a fuzzy star with a bit of a tail, so using binoculars or a small telescope is recommended to get the best views of this object.

    For those hoping to see Comet Neowise for themselves, here’s what to do:

    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

    Each night, the comet will continue rising increasingly higher above the northwestern horizon as illustrated in the below graphic:

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    There are only two things we should fight for.
    One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. - Smedley Darlington Butler

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    Yeah, my husband tells me Neowise is supposed to be closest to the earth tonight. We're expecting a thunderstorm here later, but he managed to take a picture of it 2 nights ago. He took it with his iphone through 25x100 (big) binoculars. (Sorry, not able to post it right now.)

    He says there’s also a meteor shower called ‘The Persieds’ https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Perseids which should peak around August 11 to 12, but you have to be somewhere dark to see it. Thinking about making a trip to Cherry Springs State Park for that one. https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/F...s/default.aspx

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    Good thing you posted a picture of the comet. I probably wouldn't have been able to see it.
    "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration is minding my own business."

    Calvin Coolidge

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    Thanks for the heads up. Couldn't see it with the naked eye but was pretty easy with some standard binoculars. Only the second comet I've seen before.


    This is a pretty cool website for tracking the current night sky in your area:

    https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/night/



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