13 July 2020 02:31
Sign up to our newsletter for daily updates and breaking news Sign up here! Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email You can catch a glimpse of a stunning comet if you keep your eyes open this week. That's because Comet NEOWISE - also called C/2020 F3 - has become visible to the naked eye. Photographers across Essex have already captured the comet on camera this week. Pictures of the comet have been taken from Billericay, Clacton, Rainham and Thurrock, and you can still see it if you're lucky.
(Image: Nigel Gilchrist) The comet will be visible in the northern hemisphere, including the UK, just before sunrise and just after sunset. NEOWISE is making it's way across the sky throughout this month, moving westward. On July 23, the comet will be the closest to the Earth although it will still be more than 64 million miles away. To get the best look at the comet, you'll have to find somewhere without any trees or buildings and a clear horizon - so you may have to get up quite high. NASA has said: "Observers might be able to see the comet's central core, or nucleus, with the naked eye in dark skies; using binoculars will give viewers a good look at the fuzzy comet and its long, streaky tail. "As it speeds away from the Sun, Comet NEOWISE will begin to make its appearance in the evening sky shortly after sunset on July 11 or July 12, depending on local conditions."