Comet Neowise Visiting Our Solar System In July
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———————————————————————————————————————————-Early risers are in luck this week, when the comet dubbed NEOWISE is bright enough to be seen with binoculars. Mike Armstrong reports on what many are calling the most impressive comet in years, in the video “New Comet Neowise brightens early morning sky“, below:
To find out more about this Comet Neowise, please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), or Comet NEOWISE, is a retrograde comet with a near-parabolic orbit discovered on March 27, 2020, by the NEOWISE space telescope. For the northern hemisphere, the comet is low in the morning sky just above the northeastern horizon and below Capella close to the glare of twilight. Later in the month it will be visible after sunset in that twilight just above the northwestern horizon and below the Big Dipper.
It is brighter than C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS), but not so great as Hale–Bopp was in 1997. Under dark skies it can be clearly seen with the naked eye and is expected to remain visible to the naked eye throughout most of July 2020.
Comet NEOWISE passed closest to the Sun on July 3, 2020, at a distance of 0.29 AU(43 million km). Seen from Earth, the comet was less than 20 degrees from the Sun from June 11, 2020, until July 9, 2020.
By June 10, 2020, as the comet was being lost to the glare of the Sun, it was apparent magnitude 7. When the comet entered the field of view of SOHO LASCO C3 on June 22, 2020, the comet had brightened to magnitude 3.
As of July, Comet NEOWISE has brightened to magnitude +1, far exceeding the brightness attained by C/2020 F8 (SWAN), and the comet has developed a second tail. The first, blueish tail is made of gas and ion and the later second, golden tail is made of dust like that of Comet Hale-Bopp.
Closest approach to Earth will occur July 23, 2020, 01:14 UT, at a distance of 0.69 AU(103 million km) in the constellation of Ursa Major. This perihelion passage will increase the comet’s orbital period from about 4500 years to about 6800 years.
Early risers in the northern hemisphere will be treated to a view of a recently identified comet, which has suddenly become visible to the unaided eye, as it hurdles towards Earth, in the video “A new comet will be visible fo early risers as it races closer to earth“, below:
Comet C/2020 F3, also known as NEOWISE, is visible in the Northeast before dawn until July 11. After July 16 it will be visible in the Northwest evening sky. The comet will make its closest pass to Earth on July 23 before fading from view in August. It is the brightest comet we have seen since Hale-Bopp in 1987, and is not expected to return to the inner solar system until 8786, in the video “Timelapse of Comet C/2020 F3 aka NEOWISE“, below:
In the video “How to Plan the Perfect Comet Neowise Photograph“, below:
The compression at the end is hilarious – haha! Switch the cog to 1440p to make it a little clearer but due to the low signal to noise ratio YouTube is struggling a bit, in the video “How to Capture Comet Neowise“, below:
This is a very quick video I put together that shows how to capture and process Comet NEOWISE (Official name: C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)). The reason I made this video so quickly is the comet is a time-sensitive event. The sooner you can go out and see/photograph it, the better! Comets are fickle and often break apart, so if you have a clear morning (or evening next week), make this one a priority!! In the video “Comet Neowise: How to capture and process a snapshot with your DSLR“
So, if you have the time and opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Comet Neowise, do so before it disappears for thousands of years.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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