The NEOWISE comet above Colorado National Monument Conrad Earnest via AP

The NEOWISE comet above Colorado National Monument. Photo Credit: Conrad Earnest via AP

With an orbit period of 6,766 years, this is likely current earthlings' only chance to spot the comet NEOWISE pending the invention of time travel. If you're in Colorado, you're in luck – it's quite easy to spot and will be visible for several more days.

The comet is most visible from 9 to 11 PM, right after the sun fully sets. To find it, you'll want to look northwest, searching for the comet just below the big dipper.

According to, the comet will be the closest to earth on Thursday, July 23. After that, the comet will get increasingly farther from earth until it disappears altogether.

If you want to get the best view, you'll want to get away from city lights on a clear night. A set of binoculars or a telescope will enhance the view of this comet even more.

Here's a look at the comet from Eldora Mountain Resort:

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Spencer McKee manages the OutThere Colorado digital publication as the Director of Content and Operations. He also writes about outdoor recreation, travel news, and more. In his spare time, he loves to rock climb, trail run, and mountain bike.


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Thanks for the tip! I'm hoping to see it tonight or the next . . .

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