NASA has detailed how the public will observe the NEOWISE comet itself in the coming week, assuming they live somewhere in the northern hemisphere. Unlike many interesting night sky phenomena, comet NEOWISE will be visible in a few days until July 23.
The comet was discovered by the Near-Earth Object Wide Area Infrared Survey Satellite (NEOWISE) as early as March and is nicknamed NEOWISE. ALTHOUGH THE COMET WILL APPEAR IN THE SKY FOR A FEW DAYS, DON’T MISS THE CHANCE TO OBSERVE IT — NASA SAYS NO HUMANS WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO SEE NEOWISE IN THE NIGHT SKY FOR 6,800 YEARS.
According to NASA, people need to go outside before sunset to get a chance to see the comet for their own time. Ideally, you need to stay away from the city so that light pollution does nare from blocking the comet’s sight. After sunset, look for the North Doo star in the northwest-oriented sky.
NASA says it needs a telescope or binocular to see the best position for NEOWISE. The comet may be hard to see at first, but NASA explains that it moves into higher skies every night, making it easier to spot over the weekend and next week.
If the public doesn’t use some kind of tool to observe it, NASA says NEOWISE will resemble a fuzzy star, but it has a tail falling off it. NASA has released a video and illustration to help the public figure out where to look for their chance to see the incredibly rare comet. Additional resources about NEOWISE can be found on NASA’s website.