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Comet Neowise Streaking Past Earth, Providing Spectacular Show

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Comet Neowise will be visible until mid-August, when it heads back toward the outer solar system.

A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail.

Comet Neowise was spotted by the NASA space telescope bearing that name in March. The celestial snowball swept within Mercury's orbit a week ago.

Its close proximity to the sun caused dust and gas to burn off its surface and create an even bigger debris tail.

NASA says the comet is about 3 miles across. It will be visible until mid-August, when it heads back toward the outer solar system.

According to NASA, the comet will be most visible for about an hour before sunrise across the northeastern horizon. It may be seen with the naked eye in dark skies, but binoculars offer the best view.