TONIGHT: Comet-watching from Alki

Back on Friday night/Saturday morning, clear skies meant Comet NEOWISE was visible to those who were up VERY late/early. (These photos were among the results.) Now the clear weather’s back and the comet is expected to be visible at a more reasonable (for most) hour – your West Seattle neighbor Kevin Freitas tweeted the invitation:

West Seattle sky-watching expert/educator Alice Enevoldsen has detailed comet-viewing info on her website.

11 Replies to "TONIGHT: Comet-watching from Alki"

  • AlkiJames July 13, 2020 (1:20 pm)

    Taken from Alki Beach last night/this morning, Magnolia in the background, hoping for clear sky tonight!

    • HPK3 July 13, 2020 (3:30 pm)

      what time of day/evening did you take this picture?

      • AlkiJames July 13, 2020 (4:26 pm)

        Pic was taken  at 12:54.If you go looking for it, it is not super obvious as it is low enough on the horizon that the light pollution makes it a little more difficult to see.

    • K to the F July 13, 2020 (5:18 pm)

      Well done! Can’t wait to have another look tonight/this week!

  • cjboffoli July 13, 2020 (2:02 pm)

    I’d maybe give up some sleep to see a pair suns setting over the sands of Tatooine. But somehow a little smear of comet light seems incredibly underwhelming.

    • AdmiralSDV July 13, 2020 (9:42 pm)

      The vestiges of building blocks that created our solar system… a ball of ice and gas so demonstrative, one can see it with the naked eye from 33 million miles away… a moment in time that only humans from a recent-Neolithic period can say they share with us, and who knows what will be left to share the next moment in time. A smear of light, or a time machine?

      • WSB July 13, 2020 (9:55 pm)

        You win comment of the day. Maybe week/month. Makes me want to rush out and look … maybe tomorrow!

    • AJ July 13, 2020 (9:44 pm)

      It will be back in 6,800 years. You can just see it then…

  • Photon July 13, 2020 (10:11 pm)

    Is anybody at Alki tonight actually seeing it yet? Star chart says I’m pointing my binoculars right at it, but…

  • Myles July 14, 2020 (12:11 am)

    Nice to see Neowise tonight Visible naked eye – after first locating with binoculars around 9:50pm.   Crude afocal iPhone 6 image thru my 80mm refractor telescope.- Myles

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