APOD: Comet NEOWISE over Lebanon (2020 Jul 07)

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APOD: Comet NEOWISE over Lebanon (2020 Jul 07)

Post by APOD Robot » Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:05 am

Image Comet NEOWISE over Lebanon

Explanation: A comet has suddenly become visible to the unaided eye. Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) was discovered in late March and brightened as it reached its closest approach to the Sun, inside the orbit of Mercury, late last week. The interplanetary iceberg survived solar heating, so far, and is now becoming closer to the Earth as it starts its long trek back to the outer Solar System. As Comet NEOWISE became one of the few naked-eye comets of the 21st Century, word spread quickly, and the comet has already been photographed behind many famous sites and cities around the globe. Featured, Comet NEOWISE was captured over Lebanon two days ago just before sunrise. The future brightness of Comet NEOWISE remains somewhat uncertain but the comet will likely continue to be findable not only in the early morning sky, but also next week in the early evening sky.

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Re: APOD: Comet NEOWISE over Lebanon (2020 Jul 07)

Post by orin stepanek » Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:16 am

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I was going to go outside and look for Comet Neowise
this morning; but alas, the3 sky was very overcast! :p:
Thank goodness for photographers! :clap:
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Re: APOD: Comet NEOWISE over Lebanon (2020 Jul 07)

Post by BDanielMayfield » Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:35 pm

Has anyone been able to see this comet with your own eyes yet?
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Re: APOD: Comet NEOWISE over Lebanon (2020 Jul 07)

Post by hamilton1 » Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:25 pm

BDanielMayfield wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:35 pm
Has anyone been able to see this comet with your own eyes yet?
A lot depends on your location. From rural skies the comet was reported as 'easily visible' with the naked eye (by Nick James of the BAA) whereas from less favored locations it requires averted vision. Photographs will give a somewhat misleading impression as the camera stores the light and makes the comet seem brighter. The tail requires binoculars in order to be clearly seen. I've not it yet myself unfortunately due to clouds, later in the week hopefully.

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Re: APOD: Comet NEOWISE over Lebanon (2020 Jul 07)

Post by Chris Peterson » Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:57 pm

BDanielMayfield wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:35 pm
Has anyone been able to see this comet with your own eyes yet?
Saw it very easily this morning. Didn't need to start with binoculars or even know where to look. At 4am in the northeast it was glaringly obvious- a bright star with a long tail. By 4:30, against a lighter sky, it was even more apparent, curiously. It should be visible from anywhere, as long as you don't have too much dust or pollution interfering. Light pollution shouldn't be an issue at all.

UPDATE: here's what I saw off my deck this morning. The first two are brighter than the visual appearance; the last is very close to what I saw with my eyes.
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Re: APOD: Comet NEOWISE over Lebanon (2020 Jul 07)

Post by TheZuke! » Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:00 pm

It looks like it's going to impact somewhere in Syria.
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Re: APOD: Comet NEOWISE over Lebanon (2020 Jul 07)

Post by Rafa Ruiz » Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:04 pm

How many degrees does the tail have?

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Re: APOD: Comet NEOWISE over Lebanon (2020 Jul 07)

Post by Chris Peterson » Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:01 pm

Rafa Ruiz wrote:
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How many degrees does the tail have?
About one degree.
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Re: APOD: Comet NEOWISE over Lebanon (2020 Jul 07)

Post by Ann » Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:30 am

Having stayed up later than I use to to keep watching the noctilucent clouds, I refused to set my alarm clock to try to see the comet. But I woke up at 4 a.m.behind my drawn blinds, and decided to get up and try to spot the comet. Alas, the sky was daylight bright! The Sun rose today at 4.37 a.m., but the eastern sky was whitish bright.

No comet for me!

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Re: APOD: Comet NEOWISE over Lebanon (2020 Jul 07)

Post by XgeoX » Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:39 pm

Chris Peterson wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:57 pm
BDanielMayfield wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:35 pm
Has anyone been able to see this comet with your own eyes yet?
Saw it very easily this morning. Didn't need to start with binoculars or even know where to look. At 4am in the northeast it was glaringly obvious- a bright star with a long tail. By 4:30, against a lighter sky, it was even more apparent, curiously. It should be visible from anywhere, as long as you don't have too much dust or pollution interfering. Light pollution shouldn't be an issue at all.

UPDATE: here's what I saw off my deck this morning. The first two are brighter than the visual appearance; the last is very close to what I saw with my eyes.
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E7_44759p.jpg
E7_44762p.jpg
E7_44780p.jpg
Those are very beautiful shots Chris, well done! Thanks for sharing them.

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Re: APOD: Comet NEOWISE over Lebanon (2020 Jul 07)

Post by Chris Peterson » Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:52 pm

XgeoX wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:39 pm
Those are very beautiful shots Chris, well done! Thanks for sharing them.
Thanks. Put an actual telescope on it this morning. Got this, which spans 3.24° horizontally.
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Re: APOD: Comet NEOWISE over Lebanon (2020 Jul 07)

Post by MarkBour » Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:25 am

Chris Peterson wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:52 pm
Put an actual telescope on it this morning. Got this, which spans 3.24° horizontally.
head+tail.jpg
Thanks for the posts, Chris. The first set was very nice. This shot is amazing!
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Re: APOD: Comet NEOWISE over Lebanon (2020 Jul 07)

Post by neufer » Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:27 pm

Ann wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:30 am

Having stayed up later than I use to to keep watching the noctilucent clouds, I refused to set my alarm clock to try to see the comet. But I woke up at 4 a.m.behind my drawn blinds, and decided to get up and try to spot the comet. Alas, the sky was daylight bright! The Sun rose today at 4.37 a.m., but the eastern sky was whitish bright.

No comet for me!
Try 1:00 a.m. at your latitude (Capella, Beta, NEOWISE).
http://astrobob.areavoices.com/2020/07/09/comet-neowise-hits-it-out-of-the-park/ wrote: <<It will be possible to see NEOWISE at dawn through July 18. At the same time, you can watch for it in the evening twilight starting about July 12 when it will appear in the constellation Lynx the lynx which neighbors Ursa Major. From July 12-18 you can see it at both dawn and dusk.

Once it pushes into the evening hours it will climb the northwestern sky and be more convenient to view, but it will be fading, too. I always recommend seeing transient phenomena like comets when they’re brightest and at the earliest opportunity if for other reason than the weather. You never know when you’ll be slammed by storms and like and for how long.>>
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