Rare comet Neowise is closest to Earth today

Chris Bakley


BRIHUEGA, GUADALAJARA, SPAIN – 2020/07/20: Comet Neowise is seen on a clear summer night over a lavender field near the village of Brihuega, Spain, on July 20, 2020. 

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Neowise is seen above the mountain of Montserrat, near Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, on July 9, 2020. pic.twitter.com/8TfMV0sf1j— Nicholas Isabella (@NycStormChaser) July 9, 2020

New Jersey

Comet Neowise photographed from North Wildwood, New Jersey, on July 8, 2020. Emmanuel Paoly


The Comet NEOWISE or C/2020 F3 is seen above Salgotarjan, Hungary, early Friday, July 10, 2020. 

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International Space Station 

Neowise is seen from the International Space Station on July 5. Davide Pischettola/NurPhoto via Getty Image

#DespertarPlanetario ☀️☄️ Cometa NEOWISE sobre la motaña Hochfeiler en los Alpes 🗻📷 Martin Rietze/SWNS.com pic.twitter.com/jsuRYJblyW— Planetario de Madrid (@PlanetarioMad) July 10, 2020

French Alps

Neowise is seen in the eastern French Alps, along with noctilucent clouds, on July 8, 2020. Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images


Neowise is seen behind an Orthodox church over Turets, Belarus on July 14, 2020. LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images


Comet Neowise after the sunset over the fields and hills of Oreokastro, near Thessaloniki in Greece on July 21, 2020. I hope you like it!🤩 https://t.co/BFyxFFw2DE pic.twitter.com/sGZBiEVryM— Kerry LH💫 (@weatherandsky) July 5, 2020

Comet NEOWISE shining bright this morning in Huron County, Ontario. Reid @stormbruiser

Czech Republic

Comet Neowise streaks above Brno, Czech Republic before daybreak on July 10, 2020. After that, the comet will begin its journey away from Earth back toward the outer solar system.Read: How to catch a glimpse of NeowiseThe event is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience — the comet takes about 6,800 years to complete its path around the sun, according to NASA. 

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Southern California

The National Weather Service shared this photo of Comet Neowise, taken by William T. It was shot from Moorpark, northwest of Los Angeles, looking north to northwest across the Topatopa Mountains. NASA, ISS Expedition 63


Comet Neowise observed from Beijing, China on July 7, 2020. 

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New York
Neowise (C/2020 F3) over New York City this morning an hour or so before sunrise. Neowise, one of the brightest comets in decades, is closest to Earth today

By Sophie Lewis

Updated on: July 14, 2020 / 9:54 AM
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Rare Comet Neowise soars across Earth

Rare Comet Neowise soars across Earth


Neowise, one of the brightest comets in decades, has brought with it a stunning debris trail this month, delighting skywatchers around the world. I was up really early for this shot. Albert Llop/NurPhoto via Getty Images


Neowise is seen above Turkey’s Van province on July 11, 2020. On any given day that old cinder cone is perfect—then catching it sharing the horizon with this graceful comet gets kind of goosebumpy for me. Maroun Habib (Moophz)


Neowise streaks across the night sky over the Epiphany Church of the Transfiguration Monastery in Ryazan, Russia on July 13, 2020. 

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United Kingdom

 Comet Neowise passes over Stonehenge in the early hours of July 21, 2020 in Salisbury, England. Throughout July, the newly-discovered comet, formally named Comet C2020 F3 NEOWISE by NASA, has been visible both in the early hours before sunrise, and later in the evening after sunset. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Neowise passes St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay on July 14, 2020. William T. It’s not often that we get the opportunity to see or photograph a comet of this brightness and with a tail. Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images


A stork stands on a power lines pole as the comet C/2020 F3, known as Neowise, is seen in the sky above the village of Kreva, Belarus, early on July 13, 2020. Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

First published on July 11, 2020 / 12:16 PM Definitely one worth waking up at 3:30 am for. Reid in Southern California. (Details in next post) #neowise #cometneowise pic.twitter.com/qIVYCFcoMk— Jeremy Perez (@jperez1690) July 7, 2020

Comet Neowise photographed in #Tucson about an hour ago! SERGEI GAPON/AFP via Getty Images

Comet NEOWISE and the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada 🍁! The comet went behind the mountains around 940 pm.#cawx #laweather #Socal pic.twitter.com/vo761aOsRl— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) July 15, 2020


Comet Neowise is seen in the sky, above the “Seven Magic Mountains” art installation by artist Ugo Rondinone, in Jean, Nevada on July 15, 2020. 

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Comet Neowise over the Mont-Saint-Michel in western France on July 22, 2020. Visible to the naked eye! To view it, people in the Northern Hemisphere can look to the northwestern sky, just below Ursa Major, commonly known as the Big Dipper constellation. Astrophotographers, as well as astronauts aboard the International Space Station, have captured the stunning celestial phenomenon, which will continue to bring spectacular sightings into early August. Miloslav Druckmuller (Brno University of Technology)


Comet Neowise shining at sunset above the Port of Molfetta in Molfetta on July 11, 2020. Sergei Grits / AP

Los Angeles
This photo of #cometNEOWISE taken by @stormbruiser (William Reid) was shot from Moorpark looking north to northwest across the Topatopa Mountains. @c2020f3 pic.twitter.com/DO5s9ZyWEn— Jason O’Young (@jasonoyoung) July 6, 2020

No nearby clouds this morning & wound up with the view I was after with Merriam Crater. Its closest approach to Earth comes today, July 22, at a distance of about 64 million miles. #cometneowise #NEOWISE pic.twitter.com/UFYu8Ia0XK— Sean Parker (@seanparkerphoto) July 8, 2020


Neowise is seen over Lebanon just before sunrise on July 5, 2020.