See Comet NEOWISE tonight, in a Slooh webcast

 

Comet NEOWISE has captivated stargazers in current weeks and if you have not seen it but, you are in luck. The astronomy studying web site Slooh will host a free stay webcast tonight (July 18).

The comet, formally referred to as C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, is at the moment seen within the northwestern sky simply after sundown for skywatchers within the Northern Hemisphere. Clear, darkish skies away from metropolis lights and an unobstructed view of the northwestern horizon are wanted.

Tonight, Slooh will host a stay webcast at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) and you may watch it stay right here, courtesy of Slooh. You can even watch it immediately from Slooh right here, in addition to by way of the corporate’s YouTube web page right here. The webcast is an opportunity for skywatchers within the Southern Hemisphere (the place Comet NEOWISE isn’t seen) to see the comet and a chance for different stargazers affected by metropolis lights or cloudy skies.

“It is actually magical expertise to witness such a big comet gracing our skies!” Slooh’s chief astronomical officer Paul Cox stated in a press release. “We’ll be telling viewers how they will see it from their backyards, and Slooh members will proceed to look at it in Slooh’s stay telescope views each night time this week.”

Comet NEOWISE was found in March by NASA’s NEOWISE house telescope and made its closest strategy to the solar on July 3. In early July, the comet was solely seen within the predawn sky, however, on July 15, it transitioned to a night sky object seen to the bare eye.

The comet may be seen under the Huge Dipper star sample within the northwestern sky.

“In case you’re wanting on the sky without the assistance of commentary instruments, Comet NEOWISE will doubtless appear to be a fuzzy star with a little bit of a tail, so utilizing binoculars or a small telescope is beneficial to get one of the best views of this object,” NASA stated in an advisory.

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Comet NEOWISE provides an uncommon deal with for skywatchers as it has been 23 years since a comet has appeared so shiny within the night time sky, NASA scientists have stated.

That comet was Comet Hale-Bopp, which turned a superb night time sky object in 1997 and might be seen by the bare eye for 18 months.

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In case you snap an incredible picture or video of Comet NEOWISE within the night time sky?

Comet NEOWISE is seen by NASA’s Parker Photo voltaic Probe, which captured the comet’s twin tail on July 5, 2020. The decrease, the broader tail is the comet’s mud tail, whereas the thinner, higher tail is the comet’s ion tail. (Picture credit score: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Naval Analysis Lab/Parker Photo voltaic Probe/Guillermo Stenborg)

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