5 Facts About Comet NEOWISE


1. The rest of this month is your only chance to see it — unless you live another 6800 years.

The comet will be visible to people in the northern hemisphere for the rest of the month. (The photo with this article is of a shooting star, not a comet. Sorry if we misled you, but we didn’t have comet photos.)

2. You don’t have to stay up late to see it.

It is visible in the evening as the skies darken.

3. Find the Big Dipper first.

After sunset, just below the big dipper, the comet will look like a fuzzy star with a tail. Binoculars might help.

4. It will be closest to the earth on July 22.

A mere 64 million miles away.

5. It’s named after a space mission.

NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer discovered it in late March.

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