December 1, 2020

Better idea at where to find Comet Neowise

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I managed to see the Comet last night (both with naked eye and a small telescope). It was really exciting!

It’s pretty dim and I don’t have the stuff to be able to take a picture but here’s where I saw it. The arrow shows both the position and the direction of the tail on July 13th at 10:45PM

Approx position of Comet Neowise as seen from Rec/Gyro Park July 13 at 10:45PM.

As the month progresses I have read that the Comet should move higher in the sky closer to the Big Dipper/Ursa Major which should also move it to the left in this picture when it first appears after sunset. The tail should shift to vertical and then in the opposite angle.

As the night progresses it moves across the sky from west to east/left to right and should end up in the NE area before sunrise. It was roughly over the Lookout this morning around 3AM.

It looks amazing through a set of binoculars and if you are lucky enough to have a telescope you’ll see how blue it is too! Truly one of the most amazing things I’ve ever been able to see with my own eyes.

Good luck! We should have a day or two more of good viewing weather before a few more clouds come in. Weather should stay dry with sun and heat returning late-weekend.

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