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Fri Jul 24, 2020, 05:31 AM

A Celestial Event

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-still-see-comet-neowise-while-it-is-as-close-as-it-will-ever-be/

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Reply A Celestial Event (Original post)
kentuck Jul 2020 OP
Celerity Jul 2020 #1
TEB Jul 2020 #2
kentuck Jul 2020 #3
soothsayer Jul 2020 #4
kentuck Jul 2020 #5
soothsayer Jul 2020 #10
JustABozoOnThisBus Jul 2020 #6
kentuck Jul 2020 #8
mahatmakanejeeves Jul 2020 #14
kentuck Jul 2020 #15
TEB Jul 2020 #13
tavernier Jul 2020 #7
kentuck Jul 2020 #9
tavernier Jul 2020 #11
kentuck Jul 2020 #12
tavernier Jul 2020 #16

Response to kentuck (Original post)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 05:46 AM

1. ...

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 05:53 AM

2. Kentuck did you get to see the comet

We saw it two nights it was awesome

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Response to TEB (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 06:41 AM

3. How long did it last?

I just saw something fly by...but it only lasted a couple of minutes...about 4:10 CMT...it was under the Big Dipper. I did not see the tail. It must have been a satellite? Which direction was it headed? Toward the horizon?

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Response to kentuck (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 07:08 AM

4. Comets kind of hang in the sky rather than whiz by

They don’t zip past like meteors. Very kind of them.

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 07:15 AM

5. Thanks!

I guess that is supposed to be common knowledge?

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Response to kentuck (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 07:25 AM

10. No, I was totally surprised the first time I saw a comet!

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Response to kentuck (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 07:17 AM

6. Maybe the International Space Station?

NASA has a service to let you know when it's visible


https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #6)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 07:22 AM

8. It was moving to the East at a rather rapid clip.

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Response to kentuck (Reply #8)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 07:59 AM

14. That sounds like space station.

It's a frequent flyer. There used to be a weather anchor in DC named Bob Ryan who liked to mention when it would be visible.

It moves generally from west to east. That includes southwest to northeast and northwest to southeast.

It moves much more quickly than an airplane.

It does not have blinking lights.

The light you see is light reflected from the sun. Therefore, it is commonly sighted about an hour before sunrise or an hour after sunset. It's still within sunlight then, but it is seen against a dark sky.

You can see it during the day, but you have to try. When you see it before sunrise or after sunset, all you need is your naked eyes or a pair of binoculars.

I always enjoy seeing it. A bunch of us were out looking for the comet last Saturday. We finally saw it. The space station showed up too, low in the northern sky.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #14)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 08:25 AM

15. That was it!

The ISS

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Response to kentuck (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 07:46 AM

13. Same here not long

We were using only our eyes

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 07:21 AM

7. Time lapse per IG page of Dr. Brian May (also of Queen)

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Response to tavernier (Reply #7)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 07:24 AM

9. Beautiful!

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Response to kentuck (Reply #9)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 07:33 AM

11. May is an astrophysicist

His area of expertise is space dust. I’m a huge Queen fan and one would think that to be one of the top guitarists in the world would be enough of an achievement, but apparently not. I follow his IG because he often has wonderful photos from space.

Glad you enjoyed the little film.

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Response to tavernier (Reply #11)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 07:36 AM

12. It was like a giant Lantern shining down to Earth from the Heavens, looking for intelligent Life.

That is amazing!

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Response to kentuck (Reply #12)

Fri Jul 24, 2020, 08:54 AM

16. Apparently didn't find many, lol

Ultima Thule taken by New Horizons, not a comet but a neighbor of Pluto, way out there beyond our planets. This was one of my favorite photos sent by Brian when it was first “discovered”

https://www.instagram.com/p/BxiqAoMBghN/?igshid=14vi1qqjg5z43

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