How to see the spectacular comet Neowise with the naked eye

Comet Neowise as seen from the UK in the early hours of 11 July

Will Gater

A comet discovered earlier this year by an orbiting NASA observatory is delighting stargazers in the northern hemisphere while it whips through the inner solar system, as it is currently bright enough in the night sky to be visible without binoculars or a telescope.

Comet Neowise – or C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), to give it its proper name – was first spotted in March by astronomers using the infrared-observing NEOWISE telescope and is now in the part of its 6800-year orbit that brings it close to the …