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Discussion: NEOWISE

in: bbrooke; bbrooke > 2020-07-21

Jul 22, 2020 1:35 PM # 
What time did you go? I've seen it for something like the last six nights, the last two from my deck. Between 10 and 11 PM seems to be the right time, adjusting for where you are in the time zone (I'm pretty far east, so maybe a little later for you). I think tonight and tomorrow it's the highest in the sky and closest to earth, though it's maybe getting a little dimmer as it gets further from the sun.
Jul 22, 2020 6:19 PM # 
We got a look at it last night. The problem around here is finding a clear night. Mary noticed the clear skies around 9 p.m. We spotted the comet from our front yard - so not an isolated area, but still some light pollution. Mary could see it with her bare eyes, but I needed binoculars. Mary's eyes are better than mine. The comet's tail was impressive.
Jul 24, 2020 6:08 PM # 
I was out there at 10:30 pm -- probably a bit too late. There was a guy out there with a big telescope and he told me where to look, but he had already turned around to face south towards Jupiter. He explained that as the night went on, the comet would be moving down towards the horizon (visually rotating around the north star), and getting harder to see with light pollution, etc. (I think I'm recounting that correctly?!). And the last two nights were cloudy. Oh well...
Jul 24, 2020 9:55 PM # 
10:30 is not too late.
Jul 25, 2020 12:01 AM # 
But late enough that it was low on the horizon and therefore harder to see (according to telescope guy...?).
Jul 25, 2020 12:04 AM # 
Shouldn't really be especially low by then. If I can see it at that time over the nearby trees through this thick eastern sea level air...
Jul 25, 2020 1:41 AM # 
I just went out to look for it, 9:40 PM, and I found it after hunting with binoculars for a while, so I think it's a lot more faint now. But I may also be dealing with a thin layer of cloud.
Jul 25, 2020 11:51 PM # 
It was cloudy / rainy last night -- with more of the same today. I might have to wait and catch it the next time in 6800 years. ;-)
Jul 26, 2020 1:30 PM # 
There wil be other comets. When Hale-Bopp came in 1997, I remember coming out of a cinema in Denver, and it was clearly visible despite the light pollution. From Round Mountain, it was fantastic.
Jul 26, 2020 5:03 PM # 
We tried to see Hale-Bopp then but never saw more than a blur even with spotting scope and rural skies. At least we saw NEOWISE a few times with binocs. Tried last night but too fuzzy; we couldn't find it despite mostly clear sky.

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