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Weather Forecast: Great viewing opportunities for Comet NEOWISE this week

Posted at 5:33 AM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 09:48:21-04

MISSOULA — Temperatures will be a bit warmer but still below seasonal average Tuesday as highs top out in the upper 70's to low 80's.

With clear skies overhead and Comet NEOWISE now visible just after sunset, this week will bring great viewing opportunities for those wanting to try and see a glimpse of the comet.

About an hour after sunset, look northwest just below the Big Dipper, this is the current location of the comet. Now the comet is visible to the naked eye, however, it may look more like a star, so make sure to grab those binoculars before heading out.

Once the comet disappears from sight it won't return for thousands of years as it takes roughly 6,800 years to orbit the sun!

Temperatures will slowly warm through the week with highs reaching the upper 80's to low 90's by Thursday.

Temperatures then look to cool a bit by the weekend as models are hinting at a weak low-pressure system moving through the northern Rockies. This will drop temperatures into the 70's to low 80's along with bringing a few rain chances back to the forecast, specifically in northwest Montana and along the divide.