A comet visiting from the most furthest parts of our solar system has been spotted over Merseyside this week.
Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE made its once-in-our-lifetimes close approach to the Sun and some twitter users spotted it over Liverpool.
The comet’s best views will appear 10 degrees above the northeast horizon, 80 minutes before sunrise on Sunday morning at 3:40am.
Your clenched fist held at arm’s length measures approximately 10 degrees in width. So, the head of Comet NEOWISE will appear about “one fist” up from the northeast horizon.
The very close passage by the Sun is cooking the comet’s outermost layers, causing gas and dust to erupt off the icy surface and creating a large tail of debris.
Observers might be able to see the comet’s central core, or nucleus, with the naked eye in dark skies; using binoculars will give viewers a good look at the fuzzy comet and its long, streaky tail.
As it speeds away from the Sun, Comet NEOWISE will begin to make its appearance in the evening sky shortly after sunset on July 11.