Comet NEOWISE in pictures – stunning photos of cosmic snowball over the UK last night

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Comet NEOWISE has been visible over the UK throughout July, reaching peak brightness last night.

Several eagle-eyed viewers managed to snap stunning photos of the cosmic snowball, and have shared their snaps on Twitter.

One user wrote: “Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) from our back garden. See it again in 6,766 years. Photo taken by my son.”

Another said: “I captured these Noctilucent Clouds with Comet Neowise in Romford, Essex, UK. They were truly mesmerising.”

And one user spotted the comet from Cornwall, writing: “The Heavens Over Godrevy Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) & The Plough seen from Cornwall, UK.”

If you missed the comet last night, thankfully you’ve still got a few days left to see it.

The comet should be visible throughout July, according to Paul Sutherland, author of Skymania.

He explained: “The comet’s track is currently carrying it between the constellations of Auriga and Gemini, so in early July you will have to look to the north-east, a little way beneath the bright star Capella, to find it.

“During the rest of July, Comet NEOWISE will head through Lynx and into Ursa Major, passing beneath the familiar asterism of seven bright stars known as the Big Dipper, or the Plough. This will keep it low in the sky before dawn, but it will increasingly be visible earlier in the night, in a darker sky.

“By the third week of July, the comet will be on view all night long and stargazers will be able to view it before going to bed, rather than having to get out of their warm beds before dawn!”

While the comet is likely to be visible with the naked eye, binoculars could come in handy if you have them.

Mr Sutherland added: “Binoculars will be very helpful in finding it, even if the comet is just visible in the brightening twilight.”

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