Komet Neowise / NRW: Where to see it best today – tips


A rare event: The comet “Neowise” can be seen over NRW in July. When and where you can find him in the sky today.

  • Im July offers itself in NRW and in Ruhr area an astronomical natural spectacle.
  • Comet “Neowise” from mid to late July 2020 so close to Earth that you can see it with the naked eye.
  • There have recently been other highly visible comets Mid 90s.

Update, Saturday (July 18), 8.30 p.m .: The current Summer weather offers the best conditions for a good look at Neowise. Today there are almost no clouds, which means: The view of the comet is clear.

You can see it particularly well in the open, outside the city. There should be no street lights or cars nearby. If you want to be on the safe side, go out into the country. A binoculars can’t hurt either.

First registration: Dortmund / North Rhine-Westphalia – ambitious Hobby astronomers watch out. After shooting stars and blood moons* the next event worth seeing follows on ours sky: of the Comet “Neowise”. Until End of July is so close to earth that it can only be seen with the naked eye, reports RUHR24.de*.




March 27, 2020 through NASA’s “Neowise” space telescope


Before sunrise or after sunrise


Northern hemisphere

Comet “Neowise” visible today over NRW: that is behind the summer natural spectacle

But what exactly is it Comet Neowise actually? Quite simply: comets are nothing more than kilometers of heavenly bodies that drift through our galaxy. They are remnants of the creation of ours Solar system and easily recognizable by their glowing tail.

Comets are not to be confused with shooting stars such as the “Perseids”* which in July also appear in the sky, but are significantly smaller.

Comet Neowise: The best time to observe is mid to late July 2020

For inexperienced stargazers, the best time to watch is Neowise between July 15th and 25th. This was shared by Manfred Gaida, astronomer and research assistant at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Stern With.

Of the Comet is so close to Earth during this period that it can be spotted without any tools. Towards the end of July, Neowise slowly moves away again, but can still be seen with binoculars. From August, C / 2020 F3 will disappear, according to the scientific name of the Celestial body, then again in the depths of our galaxy.

Comet Neowise: This is the best way to see the luminous celestial body

Anyone who wants to have seen him before then should do one thing above all: get up early. About 45 minutes before sunrise (currently around 4.45 a.m.) Best to watch comets. The view of the northeast should be clear, as should the horizon. If there are houses or trees in the way, you have no chance “Neowise” to see. You should also:

  • Look for a low-light environment. Street lights or cars could interfere with the observation.
  • Use binoculars if you cannot see the comet with the naked eye.
  • Another one Stern orient, namely the yellow glowing “Capella”. If you have found it, just look to the bottom left and then Neowise should appear.

Comet Neowise: observation not only for early risers

Those who get out of bed badly in the morning and don’t want to get up at 4.45 a.m. even for Neowise have another option from July 10 to experience the spectacle.

Comets can be recognized by their long, glowing tail. If you want to see “Neowise”, you should get up early.

© dpa / Henning Kaiser

Of the Comet then appears in the northwest of the evening sky. About 45 minutes after sunset, the chances are best Neowise to see with the naked eye or binoculars.

Comet Neowise: first appearance at the end of March 2020

Has been discovered By the way, Neowise already on March 27, 2020 from a NASA space telescope called “Neowise”, hence the name of the comet.

A first photo of Neowise the Russian cosmonaut made Iwan Wagner of the International Space Station (ISS) out. The picture shows impressively how bright the comet is.

Comet Neowise: is the boulder a danger to humanity?

Is dangerous Neowise by the way not. Even if it is currently getting closer to Earth, it is still over 100 million kilometers away. A crash is impossible.

Due to its proximity to the sun, the comet loses mass and releases gases and dust. This creates the so-called “Tail”which one on sky perceive as lights.

Comet Neowise: First highly visible celestial body since Hale Bopp and Hyakutake

Neowise has been around “Hale Bopp” and “Hyakutake” The first comet to be seen in the sky in the mid-1990s. Other comets were usually so faint that they could not be recognized without aids.

Most recently the Comet “Panstarrs” for astronomical furore, but was only really recognizable with a telescope. At that time, inexperienced observers had no chance of a sky spectacle. But that could work with Neowise now change. * RUHR24.de is part of the Ippen-Digital network

List of rubric lists: © dpa / Ralf Hirschberger

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