Wednesday Update: Comet Neowise and the ISS viewing times

A quick guide to possibly seeing the comet NEOWISE
Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 9:59 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2020 at 8:49 PM EDT
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Comet Visible in ENC

A rare sight will be gracing our skies early Saturday morning and possibly a few evenings next week. The comet, NEOWISE, was discovered back in March and has since become visible to the naked-eye. As the comet heads back out into space you will want to grab the bug spray and look near the northwest horizon. Here’s some information specific to ENC regarding comet viewing….

Evening Views: Northwest

Wednesday: 10:10 PM - 11:01 PM, 4.8° above horizon

Thursday: 10:16 PM - 11:22 PM, 6.3° above horizon

Friday: 10:22 PM - 11:41 PM, 7.7° above horizon

Where and when to look for the comet and the ISS
Where and when to look for the comet and the ISS(WITN)


1. No cell phone light, give your eyes time to adjust. This is a big problem when it comes to meteor showers and other dark-sky gazing. It takes about 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness and help you see in low light. If you repeatably turn on a cell phone the clock resets and you’ll be waiting another 20 minutes. Get away from light pollution, grab the bug spray and enjoy the view :)

2. If you can see the comet and want to get a better view of the tail, try looking just to the right of it. The periphery of your eye will sharpen the tail.

What’s in a name?

Why is the comet called NEOWISE? Well, most comets are named after those that discover them. In an episode of the Simpson’s this naming scheme played out to the complete dismay of Principal Skinner. In our case, the comet was discovered by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer...or NEOWISE. So since the survey explorer discovered the comet, it got naming rights. Much like Bart’s comet, the comet was named after itself.

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