Grab your binoculars, telescopes, masks and a sense of adventure! The icy Comet Neowise is making it’s “one in 6,000 year trip” to the Bay Area. According to East Sky, it will be closest to Earth Wednesday and Thursday (July 22-23), though still visible for the rest of the month.
According to the experts at NASA, “after the sun sets, look for the Big Dipper constellation in the northwestern sky. Just below it, you’ll see the comet. It looks a bit like a fuzzy star with a tail.”
It may be hard to see with the naked eye, but a basic camera with a long exposure setting can be a great alternative and fun for kids. Play with the long exposure settings to see the tail of the dusty comet. Even better, bring along a telescope and escape the light pollution in East Bay. The darker the skies, the better for viewing. Check out our post for how to plan a quick stargazing trip out of the immediate Bay Area.
If leaving the East Bay is not an option, Inspiration Point in Tilden or the Steam Train parking lot make good local vantage points. Good luck and share your photos with us @510families!