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Comet NEOWISE visible in the evening sky through next week

Comet NEOWISE visible in the evening sky through next week
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Posted at 11:26 AM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 11:26:31-04

The Comet NEOWISE will be visible in the evening sky for the next week providing an opportunity to those that aren't earlier risers. Previously, the rare comet was only visible during the early morning hours before dawn. Now as the comet makes its closest pass to Earth (6 million miles), the comet can be seen in the evening sky about an hour after sunset. Tuesday will likely have the best opportunity to see the comet in the northwest sky, about 10° above the horizon. It will gradually get higher in elevation through next week (July 24).

The forecast isn't looking great for viewing as an easterly flow returning to the area will bring storms back to our area during the late afternoon and evening. There is a good chance that cloud cover will prevent good viewing. Later this week and this weekend, a tropical wave will pass by the area, increasing the chance for rain and cloud cover. Hopefully there will be a good opportunity to view it as it won't be around again for another 6,000 years!

FOX 4 CHIEF METEOROLOGIST DEREK BEASLEY