Naracoorte community urged to view Comet (NEOWISE) still visible in sky

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Naracoorte's cosmic enthusiasts are urged to view Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) in the southern hemisphere skies before it completely disappears.

According to Adelaide Planetarium lecturer Paul Curnow unfortunately the comet is now becoming too difficult to see with the naked eye.

However, the self-proclaimed 'Starman' suggests sky-gazers grab hold of a pair of binoculars and look out for the cosmic marvel shortly after sunset.

"The darker the sky the easier it will be to spot, but don't wait, it is fading rapidly," he said.

He directs people to the constellation Coma Berenices about 13-degrees above the horizon towards the north and setting towards the northwest.

The distance of this comet from earth is currently 113,362,104 kilometres, equivalent to 0.757779 Astronomical Units.

"Light takes six minutes and 18.1353 seconds to travel from Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) and arrive to us," Mr Curnow said.

"Happy viewing."