How to spot Comet NEOWISE

Last Updated on July 14, 2020 by Solar System Ambassador Pam Roller

Solar System Ambassador Pam Roller and her Astro-Pup Patches encourage you to view this remarkable phenomenon.

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3 p.m. EST on July 15, 2020
NASA Science Live: How to Spot Comet NEOWISE 

NASA experts will discuss and answer public questions about Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE during a live broadcast.

The comet is visible with the naked eye in the early morning sky and this week, after sunset.

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or NEOWISE discovered this comet, on March 27, 2020.

Since then, the comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE which is nicknamed Comet NEOWISE has been spotted by several NASA spacecraft, including Parker Solar Probe, NASA’s Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory, the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, and astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe was at the right place at the right time to capture a unique view of Comet NEOWISE on July 5, 2020. Parker Solar Probe’s WISPR instrument takes images of the Sun’s outer atmosphere and solar wind in visible light. It gave the spacecraft a unique view of the comet’s twin tails when it was particularly active just after its closest approach to the Sun.