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07/07/2020 – Ephemeris – New Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3) is visible in the morning

July 7, 2020

This is Ephemeris for Tuesday, July 7th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 24 minutes, setting at 9:29, and it will rise tomorrow at 6:06. The Moon, 2 days past full, will rise at 11:37 this evening.

Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) is visible in the morning now, and quite bright. At 5 am in twilight it will be very low in the northeast tomorrow morning, below the bright star Capella. I’ve seen a photograph of it showing a tail. Over the next week it will be moving northward along the horizon at 5 am and fading as it goes. Then it will become visible in the evening sky next week. It is best seen in binoculars, though it can be spotted with the naked eye. One needs a low northeastern horizon. That’s the problem with comets: they’re brightest when close to the Sun, and can be seen best only when the Sun isn’t up. So that leaves morning or evening twilight, unless they are a huge comet like Hale-Bopp of 23 years ago that doesn’t get close to the Sun.

The event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.


Comet NEOWISE in the morning

Comet NEOWISE starting at 5 am February 8, 2020. Every second date has month-day and predicted magnitude. The sky will be a bit higher each morning. Created using Cartes du Ciel (Sky Charts)

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