See Comet NEOWISE Online Tonight in a Slooh Webcast

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Comet NEOWISE has cap­ti­vat­ed stargaz­ers in recent weeks and if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re in luck. The astron­o­my learn­ing web­site Slooh will host a free live web­cast tonight (July 18). 

The comet, offi­cial­ly known as C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, is cur­rent­ly vis­i­ble in the north­west­ern sky just after sunset for sky­watch­ers in the Northern Hemisphere. Clear, dark skies away from city lights and an unob­struct­ed view of the north­west­ern hori­zon are needed.

Tonight, Slooh will host a live web­cast at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) and you can watch it live here, cour­tesy of Slooh. You can also watch it directly from Slooh here, as well as via the company's YouTube page here. The web­cast is a chance for sky­watch­ers in the Southern Hemisphere (where Comet NEOWISE is not vis­i­ble) to see the comet, and an oppor­tu­ni­ty for other stargaz­ers affect­ed by city lights or cloudy skies.

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See Comet NEOWISE?

(Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Naval Research Lab/Parker Solar Probe/Brendan Gallagher)

If you spot Comet NEOWISE, let us know! Send images and com­ments to spacephotos@space.com to share your views.

“It’s a truly mag­i­cal expe­ri­ence to wit­ness such a large comet grac­ing our skies!” Slooh’s chief astro­nom­i­cal offi­cer Paul Cox said in a state­ment. “We’ll be telling view­ers how they can see it from their back­yards, and Slooh mem­bers will con­tin­ue to watch it in Slooh’s live tele­scope views every night this week.”

Comet NEOWISE was dis­cov­ered in March by NASA’s NEOWISE space telescope and made its clos­est approach to the sun in July 3.In early July, the comet was only visible in the predawn sky, but on July 15 it tran­si­tioned to an evening sky object visible to the naked eye

The comet can be seen below the Big Dipper star pat­tern in the north­west­ern sky. 

“If you’re look­ing at the sky with­out the help of obser­va­tion tools, Comet NEOWISE will likely look like a fuzzy star with a bit of a tail, so using binoc­u­lars or a small telescope is rec­om­mend­ed to get the best views of this object,” NASA said in an advi­so­ry. 

Related: Amazing photos of Comet NEOWISE from the Earth and space

This NASA sky map shows the location of Comet NEOWISE in the evening sky for viewers in the Northern Hemisphere in July 2020. (Image credit: NASA)

Comet NEOWISE offers a rare treat for sky­watch­ers as it’s been 23 years since a comet has appeared so bright in the night sky, NASA sci­en­tists have said. 

That comet was Comet Hale-Bopp, which became a bril­liant night sky object in 1997 and could be seen by the naked eye for 18 months.

Related: The 9 most brilliant comets ever seen

If you snap an amaz­ing photo or video of Comet NEOWISE in the night sky? Let us know! To share images and videos for a pos­si­ble story or gallery, send images and com­ments in to spacephotos@space.com

Comet NEOWISE is seen by NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which captured the comet's twin tail on July 5, 2020. The lower, broader tail is the comet’s dust tail, while the thinner, upper tail is the comet’s ion tail. (Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Naval Research Lab/Parker Solar Probe/Guillermo Stenborg)

Email Tariq Malik at tmalik@space.com or follow him @tariqjmalik. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Instagram.

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