Comet NEOWISE can be seen in the night sky
July 14, 2020
Comet NEOWISE has been visible to the naked eye in the northwest sky for the past several nights. NEOWISE is a five-kilometer wide ‘dirty iceberg’ visiting from the outer solar system. This comet was just discovered in late March.
NEOWISE has brightened as it approaches the sun, showing impressive blue and white colored dust tails. Best viewing is approximately 10:30PM-11:30PM with a good view of the northwest sky (example the Fremont Lake overlook). Over the next ten days, it may be possible to see both the comet NEOWISE and the International Space Station (ISS) together in the night sky on a clear night. ISS will be visible in the night sky just after 10PM. To see them at the same time, you will need to have an unobstructed view of the northwestern sky. If you know where the sun sets, you should see it to the right of that location. Hold your arm out in front of you, and it should be about one fist high.