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Old 07-09-20, 09:59 PM
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In the meantime, the best time to spot the comet is about 80 minutes before dawn across the northeastern horizon. NEOWISE will reach its highest point in the sky around July 11. Then, around July 12 to 15, the comet will be visible 80 minutes after dusk over the northwestern horizon. While we have a pretty good view on Earth, astronauts aboard the International Space Station have a front-row seat.

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Going to have to check it out.
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Also from APOD 07/09/2020
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
Says we're looking west from over Turkmenistan at midnight, so we should be seeing the Caspian but I can't coordinate any of the mountains or cities I'm seeing. Got any help?

Also, it's on its way back to the Oort so it's chasing its tail here.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Says we're looking west from over Turkmenistan at midnight, so we should be seeing the Caspian but I can't coordinate any of the mountains or cities I'm seeing. Got any help?

Also, it's on its way back to the Oort so it's chasing its tail here.
No, your guess is as good as mine, probably better. I spent my time trying to figure out if the other bright object is Jupiter or Venus...

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The Tails of Comet NEOWISE
Image Credit & Copyright: Miloslav Druckmuller (Brno University of Technology)
Explanation: Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3) is now sweeping through northern skies. Its developing tails stretch some six degrees across this telescopic field of view, recorded from Brno, Czech Republic before daybreak on July 10. Pushed out by the pressure of sunlight itself, the comet's broad, yellowish dust tail is easiest to see. But the image also captures a fainter, more bluish tail too, separate from the reflective comet dust. The fainter tail is an ion tail, formed as ions from the cometary coma are dragged outward by magnetic fields in the solar wind and fluoresce in the sunlight. In this sharp portrait of our new visitor from the outer Solar System, the tails of comet NEOWISE are reminiscent of the even brighter tails of Hale Bopp, the Great Comet of 1997.

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Comet NEOWISE Rising over the Adriatic Sea
Video Credit & Copyright: Paolo Girotti
Explanation: This sight was worth getting out of bed early. Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) has been rising before dawn during the past week to the delight of northern sky enthusiasts awake that early. Up before sunrise, the featured photographer was able to capture in dramatic fashion one of the few comets visible to the unaided eye this century, an inner-Solar System intruder that might become known as the Great Comet of 2020. The resulting video details Comet NEOWISE from Italy rising over the Adriatic Sea. The time-lapse video combines over 240 images taken over 30 minutes. The comet is seen rising through a foreground of bright and undulating noctilucent clouds, and before a background of distant stars. Comet NEOWISE has remained unexpectedly bright, so far, with its ion and dust tails found to emanate from a nucleus spanning about five kilometers across. Fortunately, starting tonight, northern observers with a clear and dark northwestern horizon should be able to see the sun-reflecting interplanetary snowball just after sunset.
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When I was about 10 years old, my science teacher told us about Bennett's comet and we could see it if we woke up at 4am, so that's exactly what I did.

It wasn't quite what I was expecting but it was spectacular and I think it was the first time I got a glimpse of just how inconsequential we humans are from a cosmic perspective.

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APOD 7/14/2020
Comet NEOWISE over Stonehenge
Image Credit & Copyright: Declan Deval
Explanation: Have you ever seen a comet? Tonight -- and likely the next few nights -- should be a good chance. Go outside just at sunset and look to your northwest. The lower your horizon, the better. Binoculars may help, but if your sky is cloudless and dark, all you should need is your unaided eyes and patience. As the Sun sets, the sky will darken, and there will be an unusual faint streak pointing diagonally near the horizon. That is Comet NEOWISE. It is a 5-kilometer-wide evaporating dirty iceberg visiting from -- and returning to -- the outer Solar System. As the Earth turns, the comet will soon set, so you might want to take a picture. In the featured image, Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was captured two mornings ago rising over Stonehenge in the UK. Discovered with the NASA satellite NEOWISE toward the end of March, Comet NEOWISE has surprised many by surviving its closest approach to the Sun, brightening dramatically, and developing impressive (blue) ion and (white) dust tails.
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I need to have a chat with my neighbor about his ridiculously bright spotlight that basically shines right into my back yard.

Gonna make it kinda pointless to set up my telescope with that damn thing on. I think he has it on a timer from about 6 pm to 8am.
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Originally Posted by Notso_fastLane View Post
I need to have a chat with my neighbor about his ridiculously bright spotlight that basically shines right into my back yard.

Gonna make it kinda pointless to set up my telescope with that damn thing on. I think he has it on a timer from about 6 pm to 8am.
Paranoid of crime, are they? I've got one of those neighbors next to me, but (thankfully) the light is on the front of the house.

My problem is the Southern California coastal clouds that roll in around sunset and don't clear until 9AM-10AM the next morning. It blocks viewing anything in the sky all night long. We did get a good view this past weekend with the hi-pressure heat wave set-up. Hopefully there will be another hi-pressure zone this weekend so the morning sky will be clear (much less transient light in the early AM).
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
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APOD 7/14/2020
Comet NEOWISE over Stonehenge
Image Credit & Copyright: Declan Deval
Explanation: Have you ever seen a comet? Tonight -- and likely the next few nights -- should be a good chance. Go outside just at sunset and look to your northwest. The lower your horizon, the better. Binoculars may help, but if your sky is cloudless and dark, all you should need is your unaided eyes and patience. As the Sun sets, the sky will darken, and there will be an unusual faint streak pointing diagonally near the horizon. That is Comet NEOWISE. It is a 5-kilometer-wide evaporating dirty iceberg visiting from -- and returning to -- the outer Solar System. As the Earth turns, the comet will soon set, so you might want to take a picture. In the featured image, Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was captured two mornings ago rising over Stonehenge in the UK. Discovered with the NASA satellite NEOWISE toward the end of March, Comet NEOWISE has surprised many by surviving its closest approach to the Sun, brightening dramatically, and developing impressive (blue) ion and (white) dust tails.
>>> this was put into sequence before man existed > A TRUE OMEN
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>>> this was put into sequence before man existed > A TRUE OMEN
An omen of what? The sink and countertop need a good scrubbing?
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An omen of what?
>>> those that gather will know
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Here's the best picture of the two tails yet!

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The Long Tails of Comet NEOWISE Image Credit & Copyright: Petr Horalek
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I could barely see it (with my naked eye) from my driveway last night.

I'm going to see if I can find my binoculars at least tonight. I want to set my telescope up, but I don't really have a room to keep it yet, so would have to put it back in the box when I'm done.
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I didn’t see the comet but I saw the space station fly over at 8:44 pm it a visible for six minutes.
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I need to go back to the raw files on these two. I got the colors wrong.



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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
I didnít see the comet but I saw the space station fly over at 8:44 pm it a visible for six minutes.
I was out there 'mongst the crowd at the local comet viewing location!!

I had to wear a mask to go shoot night photos.
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I'm really glad you attempted and succeed at imaging neowise. Great pics of yours all around.

It has been bugging me in back of mind I should get out there, but I have been in a bad mood lately and also not wanting to deal with the heat as it is 110F an hour after sunset, over 100F until 3am with a low of 92F then back to 100F by 9am these days.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
I didnít see the comet but I saw the space station fly over at 8:44 pm it a visible for six minutes.

ISS shows up on SkyView and other star gazing apps.

I saw the space shuttle over San Francisco headed for a Kennedy landing. It was pre-dawn and the heat shield was lit up like a Roman Candle (it looked like it was going up), then I went in the house and saw it land in Florida about 10 minutes later on TV.

Once it came over for a Vandenberg landing so it was a lot lower and we got the double sonic boom, but it was daylight and no glow.
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