Catch a glimpse of Neowise in the night sky

RAPID CITY, S.D. — For stargazers out there, there are still a few days left to view the comet, Neowise.

Discovered in March, the comet is named for the Neowise space telescope. The comet is passing harmlessly by, at a distance of 64-million miles from Earth.

Neowise has a 6,800-year orbital period, making this a once-in-a-lifetime event. So how can you catch a glimpse of the glowing comet?

“If you go out at about tonight, at about 9:45 and you look to the west, northwest sky, maybe about 15 to 20 degrees above the horizon,” said Tom Durkin the Deputy Director of the SD Space Grant Consortium. “You’ll see it actually with the naked eye if you’re in a fairly dark sky area, but I suggest a good pair of binoculars and you’ll really see it.”

You’ll be able to see the comet over the weekend and for anyone looking for safe evening fun, this is the perfect social distancing activity. Get out and enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills and Outerspace.

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