Comet ‘Neowise’ Visible From New Hampshire Next Week
Good news fellow star enthusiasts! According to this AccuWeather.com article, Granite Staters will be able to see the comet 'Neowise' starting next week.
A comet is basically a gigantic block of ice that has been hurtling through the cosmos for THOUSANDS of years. The last time 'NEOWISE' visited us? Over 6 thousand years ago. (!)
Beginning on Monday, it will be visible in the evening hours. All you have to look for is the Big Dipper, then search slightly to the lower left of it (NNW). Supposedly the magnitude is -1.6 which is certainly bright enough to pick out and it will become more and more visible 'rising' 20 or so degrees throughout the next 3 weeks or so.
Astronomers were worried that our Sun was going to devour 'Neowise' as it got closer to it, but thankfully, most of it remained intact after that celestial rendezvous.
When I, (Cosmic Train), was a kid, I waited for the arrival of Halley's Comet in 1984 like most children wait for Christmas or their Birthday. What a disappointment that was! You could only see it at 3AM standing on your head on the equator with a uranium infused electron telescope or some such thing. RIP OFF!
Luckily, in March of 1997, the Hale-Bopp Comet came along, somewhat unexpectedly, and far exceeded ANY expectations of what I'd hoped a comet would look like.
Also, the position in the sky that 'NEOWISE' will be situated in, is VERY similar to where I remember Hale-Bopp being. So, I already know exactly where I need to go to get the best view.
I'm sorry but, that location will remain secret. I'm sure you'll be able to see it quite easily on your own!