Stargazers search the skies for Neowise comet

Called comet Neowise, this cosmic orphan appears in our skies only once every 6,800 years - always with long and breathtaking tails consisting of blue and yellow dust and gas.

Have you missed the comet Neowise? Several objects the system has detected have been labeled PHAs, potentially hazardous asteroids.

"Right before the sun came up, that comet became visible during that short period of time when it was still close to the sun, but the sun was still hidden by the Earth", said NASA astronaut Bob Behnken, who traveled to the ISS aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship, reports The New York Times. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

The best viewing conditions on Thursday night are expected across the southern United States and across much of the interior West with mainly cloud-free weather anticipated after sunset. The comet is named NEOWISE due to the fact that is the outer room telescope that found it.

Comet NEOWISE over South Lyon, MI on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Online resources like TheSkyLive also offer similar night sky maps to aid your comet quest. This will show us the comet in profile, and I'll make a small bet that most of the general public will see it around this time... if it remains bright.

If you miss NEOWISE, you'll only have to wait until the night of August 12 to see another attractive space show. The comet will appear low on the horizon.

The rare opportunity to spot a comet has arrived for evening skywatchers, and people may want to plan accordingly to look for the object on a clear night before it fades away.

The comet so far has only been visible in the early morning in the northeast horizon for those getting up in the twilight just before sunrise.

Comet NEOWISE is seen in the sky above the "Seven Magic Mountains" art installation by artist Ugo Rondinone in Jean, Nevada on July 15, 2020.

A few more things that might blow your mind about this comet. Many observers noted a bifurcated, "shadow nucleus", as the comet sprouted a twin ion versus dust tail, reminiscent of Comet Hale-Bopp in the late 90s. If you'd like to use your cell phone, try framing the comet against a nice background and play with the settings on your phone.

Here's how they propose we perspective NEOWISE.

Besides putting up a dazzling show, comets like NEOWISE, which are remnants from our solar system's creation, can also provide scientists with important clues about our origins.

Then it will careen away - to the very edge of the solar system.

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