Rare comet passing over Manitoba sky

Comet Neowise lights up skies in northern hemisphere, won't be seen for another 6,800 years

Neowise is not considered a "great comet", though it is still a spectacle.

Skywatchers can expect mostly clear skies over the Puget Sound region after the Friday morning clouds and rain dissipate, but some areas along the coast and near the Cascade Mountains might still see lingering cloud coverage Friday night, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Neowise will be visible from Australia and the southern hemisphere from July 27.

- Emily Kramer, co-investigator on the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) science team, NASA JPL.

"Stars, cities, spaceships, and a comet!" he tweeted from orbit. What makes it even more so is that most comets plunge directly into the Sun and disintegrate into dust.

Scientists involved in the mission said the comet is about 3 miles (5 kilometers) across.

Skygazers across the Northern Hemisphere are being treated to stunning views of Comet C/2020 F3, also known as comet Neowise, as it streaks past Earth this month.

Comet Neowise achieves peak brightness this week, but its growing presence in the sky ahs already given photographers, amateur videographers, and even astronauts a rare chance to snap impressive shots.

Besides putting on a dazzling show, comets like NEOWISE, which are remnants from our solar system's creation, can also provide scientists with important clues about our origins.

After this date, the comet will start to move away and will not to return for another 6800 years as it continues on its journey through the Solar System.

NASA experts will discuss and answer public questions about Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE during a broadcast of NASA Science Live and follow up media teleconference on Wednesday, July 15.

NEOWISE will reportedly be best viewed between July 14 and 19 in the Northern hemisphere.

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) made its close approach to the Sun on July 3, 2020, and will cross outside Earth's orbit on its way back to the outer parts of the Solar System by mid-August.

Comet NEOWISE is not the only celestial delight in store for stargazers this month.

Friday (July 17) New Melones Ranger Diana Popkins and local resident Beetle Barbour offered this advice for locating the comet... Astronomy educator Jeffrey Hunt told CNET, "Step outside early in the morning, at least an hour before sunrise". Mars is the lone "star" in the southeast, and Jupiter and Saturn are the stars in the southwest. Find the four bright planets - Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter. Brilliant Venus is low in the east-northeast.

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