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These Are the Best Dates to See July’s Surprise Comet

Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) over the Golden Gate Bridge.
Darshan Shankar/Wikimedia

We just had a lunar eclipse, but the July skies aren’t done showing off yet. A surprise comet is coming! Here’s when and how you can see it.

Known as C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), the comet has been visible since March, when scientists discovered it via a telescope called Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer. Back then, though, it wasn’t bright enough to see with the naked eye.

That’s not the case anymore, though! The comet is coming back, and you should be able to see it in the night sky. It will continue to grow brighter and will be closest to Earth on July 22 and 25.

You won’t need a telescope either—a dark sky should be enough to make the comet appear as bright as a star. However, we do recommend you take a peek at that sparkling comet trail through binoculars.

[Via Travel + Leisure]

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