Unless you’ve had the attention of a hibernating hedgehog you will know that we have had a very icy near Earth visitor these last few weeks. Comet Neowise. Discovered in late March over the last few weeks the comet has been passing closer and closer to the Sun and to Earth. Becoming close enough and bright enough to observe.
But only if:
You’re in the northern hemisphere.
You’re near the town / city lights.
It’s not too early in the evening.
It’s not too late in the evening.
You know where to look.
You have sharp eyes.
Finally to see it well you need a pair of binoculars.
On top of this you need the British weather to stop playing silly buggers and leave a clear sky – that has been the hardest part. But after all of this and some days of searching I saw a dim and fuzzy streak which in the binoculars was clearly… a comet. I had seen my first comet!
Then best of all I was able to catch this image:
As you can see, low down between the trees is this fabled comet. I’ve been looking for a comet for over thirty years, starting with Halley’s last visit, finally I get to see one!
Has anyone else managed to catch it?
© Simon Farnell 2020