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Watch Comet Neowise glide past Earth

Catch a glimpse of the newly discovered comet before it starts another 6,800 year journey around the sun.
Catching of glimpse of Neowise
Catching of glimpse of Neowise(KBTX)
Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 6:02 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - If you like to stargaze, the next few days will give you the chance to see a newly discovered comet streak through the sky.

Comet Neowise is one of the few comets visible to the naked eye and is one of the brightest comets of the century. The comet is named after NASA’s Neowise infrared space telescope, the instrument that discovered the space phenomena back in March.

If you want to head outside and look for the comet, below are times when Neowise will be the easiest to spot:

The best times to spot one of the brightest comets of the century.
The best times to spot one of the brightest comets of the century.(KBTX)

When gazing out on the horizon in the evening, scientists say to look about three fists below the “bowl” of the Big Dipper, and a little to the right.

Earlier this month, the comet was so close to the sun that the heat caused portions of Neowise to erupt into a debris trail of dust and gas. Astronomers estimate that the nucleus of the comet is around 3 miles in diameter.

Even though the comet is visible to the naked eye, using binoculars is recommended to get the best view.

Scientists at NASA say that Neowise takes around 6,800 years to complete a path around the sun, so head out and look for it while you can!

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