This comet is amazing. Get out and see it while you can!
Here’s a picture of it this morning in Raleigh, NC (not my picture):
I too remember Halley's comet viewing -- my dad was super excited to see it. It was underwhelming.
Comet Hale–Bopp though, in 1995, was awesome.
Hale-Bopp felt like a celestial dragon or an ethereal god that came to visit. I spent hours outside looking at it. It was mesmerizing.
NEOWISE is pitiful in contrast. I'm hoping I get to see another comet like Hale-Bopp in my lifetime. It made me understand why ancient societies ascribe such meaning to astronomical events.
The other remarkable space event in my life was the total solar eclipse a few years back. The entire world changed for a moment, and the corona was like a glittering chromatic jewel suspended in the sky. I will travel wherever the next total solar eclipse takes me - they're not to be missed.
I can't see neowise with my eyes at all. I've taken really nice photos of it, but that's with a 500mm lens on an equatorial mount and long exposures.
So IIRC Halley was a much better show.
Topped a great week. All the main planets were strung across the early morning sky like Christmas lights.
I could, however, catch a short time-lapse of it with my camera:
Something I don't get is that the comet will come closer to earth in the next days; however, the astronomy sites say it will lose intensity. How can that be possible?
Can others provide a list of review of RSS worthy space blogs?
The dashed line is not the ISS but a plane. The ISS doesn't blink ;-)
Good luck and enjoy!
I actually almost missed it. This posted photo was the first one I took and my Pixel happily did it in astrophotography mode. But the sky was brightening fast and astrophotography stopped triggering. I took a few more with Night Sight but they weren't as good.
Every probe to the outer solar system has leveraged multiple gravitational assists. These would be off the table. Basically your only options is building a super monster rocket and force your way to it based entirely on pure thrust. The rendezvous maneuver would be a monster as well.
I'm not saying it's impossible, but you're probably looking at assembling something in orbit if you really want to go visit the thing.
Isn't there like a Monkey script I can grab to add to an app that people can just post?
I do guess it creates some sense of adventure having to seek it out.