Thanks to local photographer, Ellen Monteith, for sharing this memorable capture of the Neowise Comet traveling across the northwest sky over Barriere during the early morning hours of July 13, 2020. Viewing the Neowise Comet through the naked eye is a once in a lifetime experience as it will not be traveling through our solar system again for another 6,800 years.
The comet, which is approximately three miles (4.83 km) across, was officially named Comet C/2020 F3 when it was discovered in March of this year via NASA’s infrared space telescope called Neowise, which has now become it’s call name.
If you want to see the comet, it is best visible during the early pre-dawn sky and can be found below the Big Dipper. It is expected we will be able to see Neowise during the next couple of weeks and hopefully into August providing the sky is clear.