Writing for Sky & Telescope, Joe Rao warns, "Even for those who are blessed with dark and starry skies, finding the comet could prove to be a bit of a challenge". The Earth is about to get one of the closest visits from a comet in centuries.
At its peak you should be able to see more than 50 shooting stars per hour originating from the asteroid, it added.
"Sunday night we'll have partly cloudy skies so it'll be in and out if you're trying to see the comet", he said.
This comet, which was discovered in 1948 by Carl Wirtanen, an astronomer, will be about 7,199,427 miles away from Earth.
The year's brightest comet makes its closest approach to Earth this weekend, passing by one of the night sky's most lovely star clusters, the Pleiades, along the way. The comet has an orbital period of approximately 5.5 years. It could also be bright enough for people to see with the naked eye.
These constant swings by the sun come with a cost.
Cooper said every now and then a comet brightened up to this magnitude, but often they had to be viewed by telescope.
Also the Geminid meteor shower will take place in generally the same region of the night sky. It may appear like a fuzzy halo due to the comet being made of ice. "So that means watching this comet each time it comes near could be important".
NASA is pulling out all the stops for the comet's close flyby.
NASA-sponsored ground, air and space-based observatories getting in on the action include NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar in California; the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility on Maunakea, Hawaii; the Hubble, Chandra, Swift and Spitzer space telescopes; and an airborne observatory known as the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).
You can follow the project, called the Comet Wirtanen Observing Campaign, at its website here: http://wirtanen.astro.umd.edu. Experts say this is going to be the brightest comet of 2018. That means it never goes farther from the sun than Jupiter.
Scientists still don't know how Wirtanen came to be - if it used to be an Oort family comet that was perturbed into moving closer to Jupiter or if it broke off from a larger body in the past, Tucker said.
Meteorologist Jeff Sites of the National Weather Service office in Wilmington told The Times-Gazette that Mother Nature may not afford budding astronomers with conditions for good "seeing".