Photos show comet NEOWISE streaking across Maine's night sky

Photos show comet NEOWISE streaking across Maine's night sky

As the comet moves away from the sun, it will appear to evolve and grow to skywatchers on Earth.

Boyle said astronomers typically observe five to 10 comets per year with the help of telescopes, however, the last bright comet that was visible to the naked eye for the whole world to see was Comet Hale-Bopp back in 1997.

Skywatching is typically a failed endeavor in the immediate NYC Metro Area, as light pollution creates very hard viewing conditions. "This could mean that comet NEOWISE has two ion tails, in addition to its dust tail, though scientists would need more data and analysis to confirm this possibility".

Old stories say comets spell destruction, but here's to hoping Neowise is just a fast chunk of ice.

Mountain-sized Comet Neowise is now in its closest orbit to the Sun and shining brightly in the night skies with its lovely, curving tail. Eager sky watchers are turning to the heavens as Comet NEOWISE starts climbing ever higher among the evening stars. Its closest approach will be on July 22, and it will not be seen again from Earth for approximately 6,800 years, according to NASA.

From today onward, the best chance of seeing the comet will be in the evening sky, about an hour after sunset. Well, Comet Neowise is becoming more viewer friendly in the next week and a half. According to NASA, the glowing head and tail is formed from gasses and dust released when the comet is heated up as it passes our sun. An even better option is the New Jersey Pine Barrens or New Jersey shore.

The Weather Network's Science Writer Scott Sutherland says the comet will become visible only at night toward the end of this month and into August and September.

For now, best viewing should be out in the open country away from city lights, with a flat almost unobstructed view to the northwest.bring binoculars and the mosquito spray! "It is actually the long-exposure shots that reveal a breath-taking view of this comet, of any celestial object for that matter", he added. The comet was first discovered by NASA's Near-Earth Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) telescope in March. We're certainly seeing the results of this revolution in the fantastic flurry of spectacular images of F3 NEOWISE that are now trickling in.

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