posted on Jul, 13 2020 @ 12:28 PM
2020 is full of surprises!
Earlier this year we've had 2 comets with high expectations putting on a show(viewing and imaging), C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) and Comet C/2017 T2
Turned out it wasn't the case as their brightness faded away or even disintegrated. I've had a chance of imaging both comets and although it's
always a wonderful experience seeing these rocks moving across the nightsky through binoculars, telescopes or even with the naked eye, deep inside
you're hoping for a new Halley's Comet or Hale–Bopp with its extremely bright blue ion tail of which I didn't image back in the days
Comet ATLAS C/2019 Y4 (04/04/20)
But with comets you never know what's going to happen, they don't care for our predictions.
So almost out of nothing a new (old) comet appeared on the horizon.
C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) or comet Neowise
“In its discovery images, C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) appeared as a glowing, fuzzy dot moving across the sky even when it was still pretty far
away,” said NEOWISE principal investigator Dr. Amy Mainzer, an astronomer at the University of Arizona
“From its infrared signature, we can tell that C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is about 5 km (3 miles) across, and by combining the infrared data with
visible-light images, we can tell that the comet’s nucleus is covered with sooty, dark particles left over from its formation near the birth of our
Solar System 4.6 billion years ago,”
As it survived its trip around the Sun and didn't became a 'sun diving comet' it is now putting on a good show. Not like the previous Halley or
Hale–Bopp but definitely worth looking at for amateurs and professional astronomers/astrophotographers.
At the moment the comet can be seen a few hours before sunrise depending on your latitude and is becoming visible in the early evening/nights too.
Neowise is visible with the naked. With basic binoculars you can easily distinguish nucleus and tail.
For myself, I have recently had the chance to capture it.
Here are some images I took.
A quick shot after it disappeared behind the clouds
A week later I was finally able to capture the comet in its full glory.
40min exposure of comet Neowise
For those who haven't had the chance or even don't know about it, look at the N-NE horizon in the early hours to witness this event.