ICYMI: Take a look at this timelapse of comet Neowise captured by the Nayoro Observatory in Japan pic.twitter.com/l99eRTiT1Z
— Reuters (@Reuters) July 18, 2020
First time I’ve gone beyond our yard in four months, but it was a no-contact excursion. The Spousal Unit, who’s the astronomy expert in this household (growing up in rural upper lower Michigan gave him a head start), decided the best reachable viewing spot for us would be the dirt lot at a waterfront state park some 40 minutes north. Sunday night’s run was not a success — fogbanks obscured the horizon. But tonight, even our aging eyes could pick out Comet Neowise… at least with the very basic binoculars, which took it from ‘slightly brighter pinprick in the smudge below the Dipper‘ to ‘yup, that’s a comet.‘
We’d have stayed to admire it for more than half an hour, except we’d forgotten to bring bug spray.
But (Murphy the Trickster God grant us a clear night) it should be a great spot to watch the Perseids next month, which is one of our summer traditions.