Comet Neowise will be visible from the UK tonight as it travels across our solar system for the first time in about 4,500 years. 

The comet was first observed back in March of this year, and will be visible all month as it crosses the northern skies.

It will not reappear for another 6,800 years, making this an incredibly rare and unique viewing opportunity for astronomers in the Northern Hemisphere. 

On 3 July the comet survived its closest passing of the sun, and is now making its way past Earth.

Here's how you can catch a glimpse:

When and where can you see the comet?

The comet will be visible between now and 31 July, and on 23 July it will be passing Earth from about 64 million miles.

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According to NASA, the best time to try and view the comet is in the evening, immediately after sunset.

Earlier in the month it was most visible before sunrise, but as we head into the second half of the month the evening will offer the best viewing opportunities.

Those living further up north will likely get a better view of the comet as it travels through the sky. 

Neowise is currently approaching the Big Dipper and will pass below its seven stars until the end of the month. 

How to see the comet?

For best visibility avoid areas that have high levels of light pollution from streetlights, houses or cars.

Find somewhere where you have an unobstructed view of the horizon, and just after sunset look beneath the Big Dipper in the Northwest sky.

While it is suspected that the comet will be visible without equipment, binoculars will increase your chances of catching a glimpse of the rare sight. 

Astronomer Dr Robert Massey said: "There are reports of people being able to see it with the naked eye under good conditions, but some optical aid will always improve the view."

According to the Royal Astronomical Society, it is critical you have an unobstructed view of the horizon when attempting to see the comet. 

Look out for the comet, and its two tails - one of gas and one of duty debris - that will be lit up by the setting sun.