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Here's how you can spot Comet NEOWISE this weekend


This weekend, it will be easier to spot the Comet NEOWISE.

State bureau PAGASA encourages trying to seek out the comet in the western horizon from July 17 to 19, right after sunset.

According to a GMA Digital Specials episode, the comet can be seen from any corner of the Philippines, as long as the skies are not cloudy.

While a telescope or a pair of binoculars would be better for viewing, they're not necessary.

Seeing Comet NEOWISE is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Its wide orbit around the sun makes it so its next appearance from our corner of the universe won't be until another 6,800 years.

The comet started approaching the earth in July 3, 2020, and it will slowly orbit away and disappear from our sight by mid-August. It was first captured from the Philippines by Professor Angelito Sing on July 8.

NASA discovered NEOWISE in March 27 through the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

It has already been spotted from all over the world.

Scientists have so far discovered 3,650 comets, the most famous one being Halley's Comet which appears every 76 years. It will next pop up in our skies in 2061.

—JCB, GMA News

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