You can see a comet fly by Earth this month for the first time in 6,800 years

By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

(KMOX) - A newly discovered comet said to be brighter than the famous Halley’s Comet has been appearing on a nightly basis and will continue to get brighter this month. 

Comet C/2020 F3, or Comet NEOWISE, will fly through the inner solar system for the first time in 6,800 years and will be visible to the naked eye.

"Discovered back in March by NASA's NEOWISE mission – is getting the attention of skywatchers across the Northern Hemisphere this month," NASA reports.

Just after sunset on July 22 will be its closest approach to Earth – at a distance of about 64 million miles – and that will be the best night to see Comet NEOWISE.

These graphics from NASA show when the best chances are to see it now through the end of July: 

NASA Astronaut Bob Behnken, the St. Louis native who is aboard the International Space Station has already caught a glimpse and shared a photo on Twitter

“Stars, cities, spaceships, and a comet!” he tweeted from orbit.

Night sky, just before dawn from @Space_Station.Stars, cities, spaceships, and a comet!

— Bob Behnken (@AstroBehnken) July 9, 2020

Click here to read more about Comet NEOWISE.

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