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How to see Comet NEOWISE and the International Space Station in tonight's sky

Both the newly-discovered comet and the ISS will be visible in Wednesday's evening sky with great viewing along the Tampa Bay beaches.
Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

If you want a chance to see Comet NEOWISE and the International Space Station all in the same hour, Wednesday is your night. 

You’ll likely see the International Space Station first. It will appear in the southwest sky around 9:10 pm and fly nearly overhead for six minutes before fading away in the northeast sky. 

For the comet, look low in the northwest horizon after sunset. Most astronomers say that the best time to start looking is about 80 minutes after sunset (the end of nautical twilight). 

Try to find a dark beach because too much light will make the comet more difficult to see. You’ll also need good luck with the weather bringing relatively clear skies around your view of both the International Space Station and the comet.

Comet NEOWISE will become higher in the sky each day this week, making the comet easier to spot as the week goes on. Based on altitude alone, the best time for viewing will come during the July 14-19 time frame. 

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