The comet, first spotted by astronomers in March, is currently visible in the early morning across the Northern hemisphere, and is expected to only get more visible as July goes on.
While comets usually require telescopes or binoculars to see them, this week Comet NEOWISE is currently visible with the naked eye just before dawn across Canada in the northeast corner of the sky. The comet may become even easier to spot after it gradually dips below the horizon and reappears in the early evening sky around July 12 or 15, this time in the northwest
And if it doesn’t burn up, the comet will make its closest approach to Earth on July 22 at a distance of 103 million kilometres. So get those wishes ready.
Keen skywatchers have already captured some stunning photos of the comet at dawn.
Comet NEOWISE and the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada 🍁! I was up really early for this shot. It's not often that we get the opportunity to see or photograph a comet of this brightness and with a tail. I hope you like it!🤩 https://t.co/BFyxFFw2DEpic.twitter.com/sGZBiEVryM— Kerry LH💫 (@weatherandsky) July 5, 2020
I have a strong dislike of early mornings—but so worth it today because wow is that comet beautiful! C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) I was at Sunset Crater by 4AM. It was an easy naked-eye object, but really rewarding through binoculars. Last pic is closest to naked eye scale.#neowisepic.twitter.com/1I0Cx2fZQJ— Jeremy Perez (@jperez1690) July 5, 2020
And yes, even one from the International Space Station.
“As Comet NEOWISE became one of the few naked-eye comets of the 21st Century, word spread quickly, and the comet has already been photographed behind many famous sites and cities around the...