The comet Neowise will be visible in Whitewater’s northwestern sky in the hours after sunset until July 23. Around 10:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, the Donnelly Sahyun family were just able to make out the comet from the hill over Trippe Lake park. It was about one fist above the downtown lights and two fists below the Big Dipper. To the naked eye it looked like a faint blur, but a better view was available through binoculars secured to a camera tripod. If you live in the countryside and have an unobstructed, northwestern, dark sky view, you may see it even more clearly. We recommend the experience!
Our thanks to the Donnelly Sahyun family for this first-hand report.
Link to NASA Neowise information: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/how-to-see-comet-neowise. There you’ll learn that the comet was just discovered on March 27, 2020 by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission, not to be seen again for another 6,800 years.