Comet Neowise can be seen in Rochester: Here’s where and when to look up

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TOPSHOT – A stork stands on a power lines pillar as the comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is seen in the sky above the village of Kreva, some 100 km northwest of Minsk, early on July 13, 2020. (Photo by Sergei GAPON / AFP) (Photo by SERGEI GAPON/AFP via Getty Images)

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — The comet C/2020 F3, also known as Neowise, is still in the sky. Yes you can still the the comet as it continues to grace us with its presence. It is still available for viewing locally this week as it crests above the horizon and the suns light is no longer visible.

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The best time for viewing will be about an hour after sunset in the northwest sky. Look just below the Big Dipper. In fact, you may be able to spot it further into the week as well since the comet will continue to move through the solar system. The fact that we can see it with the naked eye makes the comet very unique.

Data found here.

TIPS:

  1. The most important thing to remember is to get away from light pollution for a good viewing.
  2. Allow your eyes at least ten minutes to adjust to the night sky. If you look down at your phone, you will have to let your eyes adjust again.
  3. Grab a pair of binoculars for a better picture.
  4. Don’t worry about taking a picture of it with your phone. Just try to enjoy the moment.

According to space expert and scientist Tony Rice, you can use your fist to measure how high to look in the sky that will help guide you to the comet.

Many around the world are enjoying a glimpse of the once-in-a-lifetime comet.

OTHER NOTES FROM NASA:

  • The comet was discovered by the Neowise spacecraft that looks far into space.
  • It has been moving further and further from the sun, which means it is getting more faint, although it does have some moments of brightness as it evolves through its orbit.
  • It is moving about 40 miles per second.
  • You can see the broad dust tail as well as the ionized gas tail behind the comet.
  • The comet is about three miles across containing about 13 million swimming pools worth of water.
  • It is not moving quite fast enough to see the movement, but you may be able to see the movement from day-to-day.

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