Stargazing on Nantucket: Viewing Comet Neowise

With its unobstructed views and far away from city lights, Nantucket is a great place to view Comet Neowise over the next couple of days (July 15 through 23, 2020). Fortunately, you don't need a high powered telescope or to set your alarm for the middle of the night. 

If you are in Madaket for sunset, give your eyes some time to adjust and look to the right of Tuckernuck.

Viewing Tips

  • Find a spot with an unobstructed view of the sky
  • Just after sunset, look below the Big Dipper in the northwest sky
  • If you have them, bring binoculars or a small telescope to get the best views of this dazzling display
  • Each night, the comet will continue rising increasingly higher above the northwestern horizon
  • More information about viewing Comet Neowise.

Don't Worry if You Missed it

Nantucket is considered one of the best stargazing spots on the East Coast.

The Loines Observatory, part of The Maria Mitchell Association, serves as both an active research observatory and venue for public astronomical programs. At the moment, 7/16/2020, many of their public programs have been put on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions however they share a wide range of stargazing resources online at mariamitchell.org

At the end of the day, literally, all you have to do is look up at the night sky, you won't be disappointed.

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