Comet Neowise, and I just heard about it a couple days ago (I’m slacking) is putting on a good show right now. Unfortunately this one is better suited for those at northern lattitudes. It is quite low in my Tn. sky. Probably a few hundred miles S of me it will be tough, if not impossible to see. I apologize to my southern lattitude readers! The internet will help you see it, but that experience while still good, it just does not measure up to seeing things like this with your own eyeballs.
I went out early with a pair of binoculars this morning, I was up anyway helping the wife get off to work, and searched the NE sky for it. I was stumped at first, I couldn’t find it, then I started looking a little further N and happened across it. It has a spectacular well defined nucleus and a faint-ish long tail. It somewhat resembled an exclamation point low in the N/NE sky.
By the time I got my grab n go telescope setup for a quick view some low level clouds had moved in and while the wife got a look at it, it didn’t look as good as it did a few minutes prior in the binoculars.
But hey, this comet will be with us for a little while yet, and I will be heading out every morning I’m able to see it. A decent comet is quite a treat for an astro nerd, and it will be for you too! If you have some binoculars don’t miss this one. Comets like this don’t come around often and missing them is a sin in the book of SD.
Even if you have to go to a K-Mart, a Wal Mart, or some sporting goods store to buy a pair of 10×50 binoculars (they are cheap enough and everyone should have a pair anyway!) Or beg, borrow or steal a pair from a friend, get out there and check this one out. You can thank me after you have made bail 😉