Comet Neowise’s spectacular journey – in pictures

Comet Neowise was discovered on 27 March by Nasa’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission. Scientists say the comet is about 3 miles across. Its nucleus is covered with sooty material dating back to the origin of our solar system 4.6bn years ago. It is the brightest comet visible from the northern hemisphere in 25 years

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via Photography | The Guardian, July 17, 2020 at 09:00AM

We were very lucky to have spotted on two different nights, with binoculars, a very, very faint Neowise about 15° above the western horizon an hour or so after sunset. This was possible only on evenings when the humidity over the Med didn’t cause clouds or atmospheric haze and we failed on three of our 5 attempts in mid-July. On one night we were able to see both the ion and dust trails clearly. It was worth it.

Unlike the spectacular images in this Guardian article (make sure to view full screen), it was impossible to photograph from here, at least not with my equipment. I’m not complaining, though, because I can still see it in my mind’s eye.

I did manage to snap a crappy phone photo of the crescent moon with a very bright Arcturus hovering above it.