Had a great night in the Olympic Mountains this week, and was able to view the NEOWISE Comet, even though at first I was skeptical that my timing would be right.
After setting up my compositions, based on the predictions I had researched, the comet appeared suddenly exactly where I had hoped.
It appeared directly northwest, 2 hours after sunrise, about 20 degrees above the horizon.
It started out as a white line, then brightened up and was visible for at least the next hour.
I used exposure bracketing to capture the detail of both the comet, and the landscape in my pre-determined composition.
This was my first comet that I had captured, had a lot of fun with it!
Some fun facts:
-NEOWISE stands for Near Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, the space telescope that detected it.
-On 22 July 2020, it will be the closest it will get to earth, at 64 million miles.
-The comet is traveling at 17,500 miles per hour.
-The diameter of the comet is approximately 3 miles across.
After July, it will not be seen for another 6,800 years.