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iN PHOTOS: Comet Neowise captured by Thompson-Okanagan photographers

The comet Neowise over Okanagan skies this week.
Image Credit: Facebook / Andrea Rafuse
July 15, 2020 - 7:20 AM

Residents in the Okanagan able to wake up early enough have been rewarded with some great views of the comet Neowise, which can now be viewed in the early evening as well as during pre-dawn hours.

The comet Neowise is turning out to be one of the best opportunities to see a comet with the naked eye since 1997’s Hale-Bopp, considered by many to be the “last great comet,” according to a CNN report.

Neowise wil be visible in both after dusk and pre-dawn skies in the Thompson and Okanagan this week.
Neowise wil be visible in both after dusk and pre-dawn skies in the Thompson and Okanagan this week.
Image Credit: Facebook / Micaela Wong

Skynews reports this week the comet is heading in a northwesterly direction from our point of view on Earth, making it easily visible during the post-sunset and pre-dawn periods.

From today onward, the best chance of seeing the comet will be in the evening sky, about an hour after sunset. It can be seen just over the northwestern horizon, about three fists below the Big Dipper, according to Sky & Telescope.

The comet Neowise is capturing people's imagination as it is one of the more visible comets in recent memory.
The comet Neowise is capturing people's imagination as it is one of the more visible comets in recent memory.
Image Credit: Facebook / Ezekiel Deshenes

The comet should be even easier to view this week as it continues to climb a little higher in the sky every night.

CNN says the three-mile wide comet has been wowing people around the globe, calling the opportunity to view the comet a once in a lifetime event.

That's probably true, as it isn’t expected to pass Earth again for 6,800 years.

Thompson-Okanagan residents are in luck with some good viewing weather for a change this week as well, as Environment Canada's forecast for the next two nights is for partly cloudy or clear conditions.

Comet Neowise isn't expected to return to Earth view for 6,800 years.
Comet Neowise isn't expected to return to Earth view for 6,800 years.
Image Credit: Facebook/Danielle Anderson

 


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