I'm pretty sure I had never seen one before a couple nights ago. With all the comet articles popping up in my feed lately, I started looking into some of the more recent comets that have been seen in the sky. I remember hearing about Hale-Bopp when I was little, but I don't think I ever got to see it. Hyakutake was a really cool one, apparently. Unfortunately I had never even heard about that one, so I missed it as well.
Comet NEOWISE is visible unaided right now and will reach it's closest point to earth on the 23rd. It won't be back for almost 7,000 years. It's faint, but it's not too difficult to find. If you have binoculars, a telescope, or a camera with a long lens you can get better view of it.
I took this picture when we went out. Has anyone else ever seen a comet?