This is the LAST week to spot stunning Comet Neowise before it vanishes for 7,000 years – how to see it


THIS week is one of your last chances to see Comet Neowise before it vanishes for thousands of years.

The naked-eye comet has been a treat for stargazers in the past few weeks but now it’s heading away from us and towards the Sun.

Neowise reached its closest point to Earth on July 22/23.

Astronomers don’t think the space rock will be coming this close again for around another 7,000 years so luckily it was caught on camera.

Neowise was only discovered by Nasa in March.

At it’s closest it was around 103 million km (64 million miles) away.

That’s just under four times further away than the Moon is.

The comet will now fade away from view for the rest of July.

However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a chance of catching a last glimpse.

Neowise has been visible from mid-northern latitudes, including the UK and the US.

Look below and to the left of The Big Dipper constellation two hours after sunset and you may be able to spot the comet with its icy tail.

Hold out your arm and put your hand in a fist to measure around fifteen degrees down from the Big Dipper’s bowl.

One and a half fists is said to be around 15 degrees.

There are also many smartphone apps that can scan the sky and point you in the right direction of constellations.

Faint objects are said to be easier to spot if not looked at directly so try looking slightly away from where the comet should be.

The Moon will appear increasingly bigger as the week goes on, meaning its light may be a hinderance for people trying to see the comet.

If there is poor visibility in your area due to the weather or light pollution then head over to the Virtual Telescope Project’s YouTube and watch it live.

Neowise is heading away from us on a journey to loop around the Sun.

By August it will no longer be a naked-eye comet and astronomers will need binoculars or a telescope to watch it fade away.

In other news, incredible images captured from the surface of Mars have been remastered in stunning 4K by genius space fans.

Scientists think a huge asteroid shower rained down on the Earth and Moon 800 million years ago.

And, astronomers claim to have found a mysterious space structure spanning 1.4 billion light years across called the South Pole Wall.

Have you ever seen a naked-eye comet? Let us know in the comments…

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