Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)

image of comet c/2020 july 24, 2020 over douro, ontario just before nautical twilight with the tail lights of a truck going by underneath and a smudge of a crescent, setting moon

I haven’t posted in this blog for over a year.

I haven’t been taking many “leisure” photos and have been focused on other things.

But recently I’ve pulled my camera out for fun a few times. And what better image to return to my blog with than an object that returns only once every 6000 or so years.

image of comet c/2020 f3 neowise in a darkened sky after astronomical twilight with the glow of the setting moon reflected in the road below

I went out to find it just before nautical twilight. That first photo shows that it was just barely visible with the sun still casting light on the atmosphere.

This second photo, above, was taken after astronomical twilight but with the moon still up. The moon was a sliver, but the long exposure makes it look much larger.

(If you click on the images, they should pop to full screen and you can get a better look at the smudge that is the comet…)

image of comet c/2929 f3 neowise in a dark sky over the light trails from several head and tail lights that show the roadside landscape, the moon is disappearing behind the treeline.

Comet NEOWISE (named after the NEOWISE mission of the WISE telescope) will be around for another week or two.

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, look to the north west, just to the bottom and west of the big dipper. If you’re outside of an urban area, it will show up as a faint smudge. If you have binoculars, you’ll see it better.

Fortunately, the magic of photography helps set it apart.

The EarthSky website has a post that can help you find it, if you’re looking…

As for the photo posting… I’m not sure when I’m going to post next.

The original intention of this blog was to keep photography fun. After ten years, it was starting to feel like a job. So I let it slide. But maybe I’ll start posting again. A bit more randomly. When the mood strikes.

Or maybe once every 6000 or so years….