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Comet NEOWISE now visible in the morning and evening hours

Comet NEOWISE from Augusta County
Comet NEOWISE from Augusta County(Warren Faught)
Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 10:02 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2020 at 9:31 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Comet NEOWISE has transitioned from being visible before sunrise, to now being visible before sunrise and just after sunset.

Sunset right now is just after 8:30pm, however you really shouldn’t be able to see it until closer to and after 9:30 pm.

Through this week, it will be rising higher in the sky each night with sunset. Comet NEOWISE will still be setting in the evenings so it will still not be in the sky all night, but it will be visible in the sky a little longer each night.

Comet NEOWISE can be viewed in the evenings by looking low on the horizon to the north-northwest.
Comet NEOWISE can be viewed in the evenings by looking low on the horizon to the north-northwest.(Stellarium)

The sooner you look, the better. Comet NEOWISE has been moving away from the sun. It’s also hard to say exactly how bright it will continue to be.

NEOWISE has now developed two tails, which is quite striking in photos.

Overall, predicting the brightness of a Comet or what it will do is extremely difficult. So try to enjoy it as soon as possible, and let’s hope that it does remain visible and fairly bright.

BEST VIEWING: (Morning)

  • 4-5 a.m. Before sunrise. The earliest viewing time is getting later each day (By July 16th, it won’t be visible until about 4:40am)
  • Look low on the horizon to the northeast
  • The more clear the NE horizon, the better viewing. It will start to disappear as the sun comes up.

BEST VIEWING: (Evening)

  • After sunset, it won’t be visible until after about 9:30pm.
  • Look low on the horizon to the northwest
  • It will be rising higher in the sky each night. By Thursday, July 16th it will be visible from about 9:45pm until just before midnight.

Check out the gallery of photos below for more NEOWISE images. If you happen to capture a great image, you can submit that to us here:

This particular Comet was discovered by NASA on March 27, 2020.

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