11/07/2020 @ 11:30 pm – 12/07/2020 @ 3:30 am Europe/London Timezone

Comet 2020 F3 (NEOWISE) can be seen in Northern skies this month! It can be seen pre-dawn at the start of the month BUT by the 13th will be visible in the evening sky!

You should be able to spot it with the naked eye, as with normal celestial objects a better view can be had away from light pollution. Binoculars or a camera will allow a much more detailed view of the tail, which may be difficult to see with just the eyes!

NEOWISE is quite low in the sky to the North, you may need to find a location where you can see the horizon.

EVENING VIEWING – To find NEOWISE tonight wait until it goes dark, you can easily star hop to it from Capella. Capella should be easy to find, shining brightly in the North; there is another star close to Capella called Menkalinan, NEOWISE can be found to the left of it.

AFTER MIDNIGHT VIEWING – NEOWISE can be seen until dawn, so plenty of time for viewing, after midnight you will need to look North East, find Capella and star hop from there. Menkalinan will be found by looking down and left from Capella, then by looking down and left again to find NEOWISE.

The image shows the location of NEOWISE at 23:30 on the 11th.

(The image is from Stellarium, a fantastic piece of free software)

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