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SKY GUY VIEWING ALERT!!!! COMET NEOWISE

8 Jul 2020, 18:42 UTC
SKY GUY VIEWING ALERT!!!!   COMET NEOWISE
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Hey Space Placers!The clouds FINALLY cleared after weeks of gray skies this morning at Shenandoah National Park (SNP) allowing me to see and photograph Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3) at Thorofare Mountain Overlook, elevation 3,595 feet. And I must say it was worth the wait as you can see in my pics!During the SNP season I normally am giving astronomy and space presentations at Big Meadow Lodge and Skyland but Covid-19 forced me to cancel as did the SNP National Park Service for its annual Night Sky Festival. But SNP is open so it was simply wonderful to drive up and spend time with billion year old granite under the stars once again. I hadn’t been to SNP since November of last year…way too long.Comets are left over debris from the formation of our solar system and they are on the prowl at any given time. It has been 23 years since the Northern Hemisphere had a GREAT COMET - one that is bright and spectacular to see - which was Comet Hale Bopp. Another spectacular comet had just graced Earth’s skies the year before and was the last comet I had imaged at SNP using color slide film no less! ...

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