Comet C/2020 F3 or NEOWISE (Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer) is set to be at its closest position to Earth this coming Thursday, July 23.
NEOWISE has been circulating the globe since its approach last July 3, as it will slowly orbit from sight by August.
We can’t sit this one out though, as the comet won’t be seen until its next orbital period of 6,800 years.
Per GMA Digital Specials, NEOWISE can be spotted from any corner of PH as long as skies are clear – and while a telescope or binoculars would allow to see it up close, they’re not needed for the dazzling comet.
‘Don’t just walk outside after staring at lights or screens and expect to see [the comet] really well,’ shared Astronomer Jackie Faherty on the best way to spot NEOWISE.
‘You need 15 minutes or so to adjust your eyes, so that your pupils are adjusted, and they’re used to seeing fainter things.’
Former Philippine Astronomer Society President Edmund Rosales also advises people to look for the comet at sundown in the northwest horizon.
‘If we have clear skies…30 to 40 minutes after sunset, pwede na kaagad itong makita dahil less na ang glare ng sun’, Rosales shared.
You can also check if the comet will be making an appearance in your area through the official NEOWISE app – yep, it actually has an app.
Safe skies, NEOWISE
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