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Jul 12, 2020 - 2:09:14 PM
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Tommy5

USA

3602 posts since 2/22/2009

Has anybody here seen this spectacular morning comet? From the Chicago suburbs, I was able to view the show early Saturday morning. The Comet was visible at around 4:00 am close to the Northeastern horizon. In binoculars the nucleus, the coma, the tail were easily seen, the object was visible although not obvious to the naked eye. This is the brightest Comet I have seen since Hale-Bopp twenty three years ago. If you have a chance check it out. The Comet will move into the evening skies in a few days, rising higher but getting dimmer in the next few weeks.

Jul 12, 2020 - 2:56:25 PM

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does it have a cycle?

Jul 12, 2020 - 3:18:15 PM

1275 posts since 7/12/2004

I read it's about 6000 years.

Jul 12, 2020 - 4:22:53 PM
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In the northwest sky under the Big Dipper in 2 hours or less.
Show here is from the 12th to the 22nd,getting higher in the sky each day.
Weatherman just said it'll show up in the morning,too.
64m miles away.

Jul 12, 2020 - 10:54:20 PM
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raybob

USA

13477 posts since 12/11/2003

We saw it in the NE early in the morning for the last week or so. We saw it tonight low in the NW between dusk and dark. It took binoculars to find it. When it was in the NE you could watch it without binocs once you found it. It’s not as bright right now in the NW, so you really can’t see it well without them. But that’s supposed to improve. (In the NE the tail was almost straight up and down. In the NW the tail is coming off more on the right side, more of what you’d expect to see.)

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:11:49 AM
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DC5

USA

12102 posts since 6/30/2015

Too many trees here, can't see the horizon. I need to head out somewhere better to view it. I understand Wednesday is the best night for viewing in the Northern U.S. Hoping for clear skies.

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:22:26 AM
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I was thinking about comets ,just the other day--- I guess these things at some time in the past -got grabbed and tossed by the sun -not un like ---a paddle with a ball attached by a rubber band

Jul 13, 2020 - 9:38:27 AM
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Tobus

USA

2367 posts since 11/17/2015

I have been looking for it the past few days around dusk. Can't find it. Either it's not visible to the naked eye, or if it is, it just isn't worth looking at. Photos online seem to make it appear like a huge comet with obvious tail.

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:14:59 AM
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It might be showing better here in Maine.No city lights within 60 miles of me and none of Maine's cities are huge.

Jul 13, 2020 - 11:52:07 AM

Tommy5

USA

3602 posts since 2/22/2009

quote:
Originally posted by Tobus

I have been looking for it the past few days around dusk. Can't find it. Either it's not visible to the naked eye, or if it is, it just isn't worth looking at. Photos online seem to make it appear like a huge comet with obvious tail.


It's easier to see from more northern latitudes , your Texas view will be hard to find unless you use binoculars, however the Comet will rise higher in the sky the next few weeks in the evening although it will dim. The photos you see on line are often done with telephoto lenses that make the comet look bigger and more impressive. The Comet is much easier to see in the morning. It's obvious in binoculars low in the northeastern sky. 

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