Look Up To The Sky For A Chance To Spot Both A Rocket And A Comet Over New Jersey This Week

Now is a fantastic time to look up at the sky in New Jersey! We’ve got two major events going on this week – one celestial and the other technological. Will you be trying to spot both?

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NEOWISE is one of the brightest comets in recent years and it’s putting on quite a show. It will be closest to Earth on July 22, when it should be spotted (weather permitting) just below the Big Dipper constellation around 80 minutes after sunset. This comet will not be seen for another 6,800 years. If you are unable to see the comet, you can at least check out this incredible timelapse video captured by John Entwistle Photography, taken along the Jersey shore.

If you’re unable to get outside to enjoy the rocket launch, you’re also in luck. It will be streaming live (7/15) on the NASA Wallops YouTube channel.