Astronomie - How to catch a glimpse of the spectacular comet Neowise before it disappears for thousands of years

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Comet Neowise photographed from North Wildwood, New Jersey, on July 8, 2020.CHRIS BAKLEY


Comet C/2020 F3 Neowise Near Barcelona
Neowise is seen above the mountain of Montserrat, near Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, on July 9, 2020.ALBERT LLOP/NURPHOTO VIA GETTY IMAGES


Comet C / 2020 F3 Neowise
Neowise is seen above Turkey's Van province on July 11, 2020.


A newly-discovered comet is giving skywatchers quite the show during the month of July. Early risers may have already caught a glimpse of the comet Neowise as it streaks across the sky, but don't worry — some of the best viewing moments have yet to come. 

What is NEOWISE?

Astronomers discovered the comet, known as Comet C2020 F3 NEOWISE, back in March. It was named for the NASA mission that spotted it, for the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

The mission was tasked with finding as many near-Earth asteroids as possible, looking for ones that could be potentially hazardous to the planet. But astronomers knew they found something unique when they spotted Neowise.