"Mostly clear skies tonight should allow for a viewing of Comet NEOWISE shortly after sunset and again prior to sunrise", meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Gaylord said earlier today.
As if a lunar eclipse and super-bright Venus weren't enough of a celestial display, a recently discovered comet has been streaming across the sky, providing yet another stargazing opportunity to close out the week.
The Comet NEOWISE or C/2020 F3 is seen above Salgotarjan, Hungary, early Friday, July 10, 2020.
What is more interesting about the soon going to be visible comet is the fact that apart from veteran sky gazers and space enthusiasts, common man who has never had much of an interest in the heavenly bodies will also be able to see the comet first hand. Now, the comet is moving past Earth as it travels on its elliptical orbit further into the solar system, with a long glowing trail of dust and gases in tow.
On July 22, it is expected to pass within 65 million miles of Earth.
Anyone who wants to catch a glimpse of the comet in person is advised to do so this month, as Dr Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society said "it won't come back for almost 7,000 years". Click the link in the orange box below for details.
"Stars, cities, spaceships, and a comet!" he tweeted from orbit.
The further up north you live the better your viewing options will be.
"Although binoculars are required for the celestial visitor, it will be visible at the same time we see a attractive Crescent (not too bright) Moon".
While you're out, look south-east for the attractive sight of Saturn and Jupiter, appearing next to one another during July.
There are plenty more great shots of this comet floating around on the internet, but none replicate the experience of seeing it for yourself. "From mid-July on, it's best viewed as an evening object, rising increasingly higher above the northwestern horizon".
So how big is this comet?