x
Breaking News
More () »

Louisville's Leading Local News: Weather, Traffic, Sports and more | Louisville, Kentucky | WHAS11.com

Comet Neowise visible from dusk until dawn this week

Comet Neowise will now be visible just after sunset until sunrise this week, here's where to look!

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Comet Neowise was only visible just before dawn last week, but now can be seen from just after sunset until sunrise.  

WHERE TO LOOK:  Neowise is visible faintly with the naked eye near the horizon, but much more vividly with binoculars.  Just after sunset the comet will be visible in the northwest sky near the horizon, then eventually in the northeast sky as sunrise approaches.  

Credit: Michael Montgomery

(PHOTO: Michael Montgomery)

FAST FACTS:  

-The comet is named after the NASA mission that discovered it, Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer or NEOWISE.  It's also known as Comet C/2020 F3.  

-NEOWISE was discovered in March, an average to large size comet measuring about 3 miles wide. 

-It has a 6,800 year orbit around the sun, so it will be a long time until the next chance to see it. 

-The comet will be visible through mid-August, but peaks around July 22nd - 25th, with it's closest approach to Earth.  

Make it easy to keep up-to-date with more stories like this. Download the WHAS11 News app now. For Apple or Android users.