Today I learned that comet C/2020 F3 (Comet Neowise) is making its way towards Earth. First spotted in March, it was questionable whether Comet Neowise would survive its perihelion — the point at which it is closest to the Sun. However, on July 3 it made its solar arrival, remaining in tack as it brushed past the Sun from 27.3 million miles away, subjected to temperatures of up to 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit. Right now, Comet Neowise can be seen before dawn with strong binoculars, and once located, possibly visible to the naked eye just above the horizon. Around July 11, Comet Neowise will fall below the horizon line and then reemerge in the evening sky. It is expected to make its closest approach to Earth on July 22.
Photo: Jeremy Perez (Flagstaff, Arizona)
Photo: Philipp Salzgeber (Austria)
Photo: Paul Sutherland (Walmer, UK)
Photo: Chris Schur (Payson, Arizona)