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Comet spotted over Jamaica Pond

Comet Neowise as seen from Jamaica Pond

Ed Grzyb got several photos of Comet NEOWISE tonight from the shores of Jamaica Pond.

Comet over Jamaica Pond

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You can see the comet on a cloudless night by looking towards the northwest about 90 minutes after sunset. More details.

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Is the tail visible to the naked eye? I didn't bother going out tonight because it was overcast all day, and I assumed it would be later... my bad. But I would really like to try and see it, especially if it looks as it does in these photos.

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I'm up in NH and went to the top of Sugar Hill around 10:30 last night. Walked about 100 yds to a clearing and WHAM, saw it immediately, esp the tail. I didn't expect that at all. Binoculars helped see some detail. The night was so clear and gorgeous, I hung around about an hour just looking at the sky.

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For a vowel?

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The Polish word grzyb (which is spelled incorrectly here) means Mushroom and
has the "y" for the vowel.

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His name is now correct in the original post.

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I've never heard that vowel joke before, sometimes "y" applies here and I don't like mushrooms (feels sort of cannibalistic to me). (And no worries, Adam, on the misspelling - it was fixed by the time I saw this post).

The comet and tail is pretty faint but visible with the naked eye (at least with the light pollution around the boat house at Jamaica Pond) if you know where to look in the NW sky. After 10pm I could see it and the tail pretty faintly with just my eye. That said, a DSLR camera on a 3-5 second exposure, like my pictures, captures it a lot better. If you can get to a darker location with a clear view of the NW sky (well below the Big Dipper and a little to the right), I'm sure you can see it with the naked eye but I'd recommend binoculars, telescope or a DSLR camera to see it better. You aren't going to see a long tail with just your unaided eye (but enough to know it is the comet) in the immediate Boston area. That said, I've tried to photograph a few comets before and this is the best and brightest I've ever seen.

Tonight the International Space Station will be flying in the same part of the sky just after 10pm and I hope to capture both at the same time.

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On where and when to look?

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Look for the Big Dipper, supposedly, and you should find it.

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The spaceweather picture above shows a good pointer towards the comet. I'd say it's at least halfway between the Big Dipper and the horizon around 10pm, perhaps a little closer to the horizon.

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Now I know where to look. Great shot! Camera or phone?

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Canon 80D with a few different lenses, mostly 1-5 second exposures with various ISO/aperture settings. You definitely need a tripod too.

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how long is it gonna' hang around for ?

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I wouldn't wait too much longer to try to see it as it is already moving away from the sun so it will fade more and more each day. This week is your best chance.

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