Saturday, December 4, 2021

Up in the Skies

Nasa Night Sky

Submitted Photos | Comet NEOWISE.

If you want night sky watching tips or the latest on Comet Neowiseyou can find it on Below is calendar information compiled by NASA on various sky events. On this website are links to space photography tipsinformation on the international space station, info on the solar system, astronautsupcoming space launches and more!  

July 23 

We have a naked eye comet visible in the evenings for July 2020. Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was discovered on March 27, 2020. Comet NEOWISE is putting on a dazzling display for skywatchers before it disappears, not to be seen again for another 6,800 years.  

For those hoping to catch a glimpse of Comet NEOWISE before it’s gone, there are several observing opportunities over the coming days when it will become increasingly visible shortly after sunset in the northwest 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.  

For those hoping to see Comet Neowise for themselves, here’s what to do:  

  • Find a spot away from city lights with an unobstructed view of the sky 
  • Just after sunset, look below the Big Dipper in the northwest sky 
  • If you have them, bring binoculars or a small telescope to get the best views of this dazzling display 

The comet will continue rising increasingly higher above the northwestern horizon as illustrated in the below graphic: 

July 25 

Early Saturday morning, July 25 at about 1 AM EDT, the Moon will be at perigee, its closest to the Earth for this orbit. 

July 26 

On Sunday morning, July 26, Mercury will appear at its highest above the horizon at the time morning twilight begins, after which Mercury will begin shifting towards the glow of dawn again. Because the angle of the Sun-Mercury line and the horizon is becoming more perpendicular, Mercury will appear highest above the horizon as morning twilight begins four days after Mercury appeared farthest apart from the Sun as seen from the Earth. 

On Sunday evening, the bright star Spica will appear about 7 degrees below the waxing, nearly half-full Moon. They will appear in the southwest as evening twilight ends and Spica will set first in the west-southwest (at 11:38 PM EDT for the Washington, D.C. area). 

July 27 

Monday morning, July 27, will be the last morning when Jupiter will be above the horizon at the time morning twilight begins. The Moon will appear half-full as it reaches its first quarter at 8:33 AM EDT. 

The Southern Delta-Aquariids are expected to be active from around July 12 to August 23, peaking on Monday, July 27. At the peak, under ideal conditions (a clear, dark night in the southern hemisphere) you might be able to see 25 meteors per hour, although fewer meteors will be visible for us in the northern hemisphere. If the weather is clear with no clouds or high hazes, you find in a place with a clear view of a wide expanse of the sky (especially towards the south) that is far from any light sources or urban light pollution, the best time to look should be on Monday morning, July 27, between moonset and any first signs of dawn (before about 4:17 AM). 

July 29 

On Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, July 29 to 30, the bright star Antares will appear about 5 degrees below the waxing gibbous Moon. Antares will set before the Moon in the southwest Thursday morning at about 1:34 AM.

Sky chart showing where to look for the comet in late July to the northwest.


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