If you need to see one of many brightest comets of the previous a number of many years, the viewing can be glorious tonight over the Northwest for comet Neowise.
An image taken by the Seattle National Weather Service final night time
If you need to view a spectacular video of the comet from Skunk Bay Weather on the Kitsap Peninsula, test this out:
Our skies are clear or practically clear at this time over practically all of the land space of the area, except the coast. There isn’t any wildfire smoke to take care of.
And the most recent mannequin cloud forecast means that glorious viewing circumstances with out clouds will proceed for many areas tonight (see forecast for 11 PM tonight under). Only the coast can be a problem.
When and the way do you have to view it?
Because of our brief nights and prolonged twilight, you must wait at the least an hour and a half after sundown (which is at 9 PM) to get a good view. So wait till 10:30 PM to test it out–and 11 PM could be higher. Middle of the night time is okay if you’re up.
Look to the Northwest about 10-15 levels above the horizon. If constellations, it’s under and to the east of the Big Dipper. To provide you with an thought, right here is a picture final night time from the Skunk Bay Weather can that was trying north (taken round 11 PM).
If you possibly can, discover a location with out loads of lights and provides your eyes a couple of minutes to regulate. Binoculars actually assist. I used to be in a position to view the comet from North Seattle final night time with out problem.
The comet might be the brightest since comet Hale-Bopp in 1997, so it’s positively value a glance. It can be closest to the earth on July 23rd (64 million miles) however it’ll start to fade because it will get farther from the solar.
Throughout historical past, comets have usually been take into account portents or omens of unhealthy information. Considering that the comet was found on March 27th of this 12 months, after which we’ve got had nothing however hassle, there may be some empirical proof for this suggestion. But I desire to think about such celestial wonders as simply the alternative, indicators of the superficiality and transience of our squabbles and disagreements and the wonder and order of the world round us.
“When beggars die, there aren’t any comets seen; the heavens themselves blaze forth the dying of princes.”
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar