How to spot the comet Neowise in Hong Kong

  • While it was briefly visible with the naked eye, its brightness has faded, so you’ll need a camera or telescope to spot it
  • It’s one of the brightest comets of the last 30 years
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Neowise, or C/2020 F3, is seen above clouds over the Buschberg mountain in Puerstendorf, Austria, on 12 July. It passed closest to the sun on 03 July and its closest approach to Earth will occur on 23 July. Photo: EPA

If you really look for it, you might be able to see the comet dubbed Neowise in Hong Kong.

The Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre spotted the comet on July 7 at 5am, posting videos on their Facebook page with pictures and video, and a note saying it was visible with the naked eye.

However, for wannabe stargazers, the centre added that the comet’s brightness has faded and observation will now require cameras or telescopes. In addition, its appearance will also overlap with the sun, obscuring it completely.

Artist creates video of comet Neowise using photos from Nasa

You might catch a peek of the comet if you look to the Northwest before sunrise and after sunset. For your best chance at spotting it, try to find a spot away from the city lights with a clear view of the sky and look below the Big Dipper.  

The comet was originally discovered on March 27, 250 million kilometres away from earth. It is one of the brightest observable comets of the last 30 years.