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Best viewing times to see Comet NEOWISE and bright Jupiter from metro Detroit

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Posted at 9:25 AM, Jul 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-12 14:02:08-04

(WXYZ) — Social media continues to buzz over the site of Comet NEOWISE this week.

The comet is already very low in the sky (less than 10°) in the morning, and is going to get lower each morning, but it will get higher in the late evening/night sky through the week.

Here are the times to see the comet, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus Sunday night into Monday morning:

Here are the approximate best viewing times to see NEOWISE this week:

Jupiter and Saturn are also very close to each other tonight, and the Jupiter opposition is coming up Monday night. This is when Jupiter is opposite the sun, relative to earth; meaning Jupiter will be at its brightest. The peak opposition occurs at 4am Tuesday, July 14.

Then there is Venus, which is the 3rd brightest object in our sky after the sun and the moon. Venus is bright in the east sky, and it rises about 2 1/2 hours before sunrise.

What about the weather?
We'll have some clouds tonight over metro Detroit, but also some breaks. The wind will be the light and it's going to get cooler the next couple of nights with temperatures in the low 60s and upper 50s. Monday night will offer clearer skies for sky watching.