Comet NEOWISE is visible in our night skies this weekend. It’s a once in a lifetime occurrence since the next time it will appear will be in 6,800 years due to its wide orbit around the sun.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) recommends watching out for the comet on the western horizon from July 17 to 19 around dusk. It will be most visible in the early evening, right after sunset.
According to a GMA Digital Specials episode, the comet should be visible everywhere in the Philippines, given favorable weather conditions. It would be best viewed through a telescope or binoculars but some may be lucky enough to spot it with the naked eye.
NASA discovered NEOWISE on March 27 through the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and named it after such. Comet NEOWISE was closest to the sun on July 3, 2020, and will be closest to Earth on July 22 to 23, 2020.
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