Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3) has been intriguing northern sky watchers all summer and will continue to do so for a bit longer as it travels through the “paws” of Ursa Major. It became glorious as a morning object for amateur astronomers in June, but, after transitioned to the evening sky in July, it has become better appreciated by the general public.
The comet is closest to Earth tonight, July 22, as it makes its evening appearance for the east coast of North America. This will happen at 9:14 pm EDT with the comet 0.692 AU from the Earth at a predicted 3.3 magnitude and elongation (angle) from the Sun of 37.6°. At this time it will be 0.630 AU from the Sun as it approaches the orbit of Venus (0.723 AU) during its outbound voyage from our star.
Read more about the comet and see our collection of conventional and night vision images of the comet using this shortened link:
Caption for the photo below:
Night Vision Neowise by Al Nagler. All rights reserved. Used by permission. This was taken on Sunday, 12 July 2020 from northern New Jersey at about 4:15 am. Tele Vue-76 APO refractor + 67mm Plössl + TNVC, Inc. PVS-14 L3 Gen3 Un-Filmed White Phosphor night vision monocular + Tele Vue FoneMate + Samsung Galaxy J3 smartphone.