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Wednesday, July 22nd is Comet NEOWISE'S closest approach to Earth, then it will slowly move away and be pretty easily viewable for about another week.

WEMU's Lisa Barry checks in with Eastern Michigan University astronomy professor and director of Eastern's Sherzer Observatory Norbert Vance for viewing tips and information about this rare comet appearance in the nighttime sky.

Glenn Kaatz

Some astronomers compare comets to cats.  They both have tails and are very hard to predict.

A recently discovered comet called NEOWISE can be seen even without binoculars in our area through July 23rd along the horizon in the northwest sky.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Saline amateur astronomer Dr. Brian Ottum about the rare comet viewing and the best way to try and see it.

Dr. Brian Ottum

While we're spending a lot of our time and energy surviving the January winter weather, there is a lot going on in the sky above us.

Local amateur astronomer and member of the University of Michigan Lowbrow Astronomers Dr. Brian Ottum spoke to 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry about the local siting of a rare blue comet and the upcoming blue moon and lunar eclipse.

Brian D. Ottum, Ph.D.

Dr. Brian Ottum is a member of the University of Michigan Lowbrow Astronomers Club and co-author of a research paper on comets.  He explains what three sky events are happening tonight and what might be visible and where.