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We Saw Comet NEOWISE (i.e., C/2020 F3) From New Hampshire, Tonight — Even Got A Blurry Picture.

by Anura Guruge


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We, i.e., Teischan (14) & I, saw it at around 10pm Friday night, from Alton, New Hampshire. We were on ‘Ridge Road’, by the side of ‘Prospect Mountain‘ — about 2-miles from home. It is high up & gets you above the treeline. We lucked out in terms of clouds. Few around, but lots of gaps.

I saw it, through a pair of 10×50 Zeiss binoculars on the VERY 1st look. Couldn’t see it at 1st with just my glasses. Took the binoculars out, put them to my eyes, turned around & looked.

BINGO! It was right there in the middle. Could see the tail clearly. I had to take a double take to make sure. Nope, that was it.

Teischan, though she wears glasses, could see it without the binoculars. After awhile, once my eyes got accustomed (& we had a fair amount of car & bike traffic going by with their lights on), I too could see it naked-eye, BUT it was very faint.

Unless you were looking for it & saw it, it is not something that will catch your eye.

It will get brighter over the next 6-days.

It will be CLOSEST to Earth on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Weather permitting that will be our best shot of seeing it in its full glory.

I was psyched. The DAY my Comet NEOWISE book gets published on Amazon — I get to see it for the 1st time. That was special. I was excited. I was happy.

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THE BOOK On Comet NEOWISE (i.e., C/2020 F3) Now Available On Amazon As A $2 eBook (Any Device, NOT just Kindle)

by Anura Guruge


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Also available from APPLE
for APPLE.

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Two chapters dedicated to Comet NEOWISE.

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Just two examples of what is included.


OK, this is THE BOOK. The only book on Comet NEOWISE. All of $2.

Check it out. You will be pleasantly surprised. SMILE.

Thanks.

YOU CAN READ it on ANYTHING. Plus, you can get it for APPLE.


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Comet NEOWISE (i.e., C/2020 F3) — THE Book.

by Anura Guruge


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Available now, in Apple, Barnes & Noble, kobo etc.


eBook — BOTH Apple & Android.


Two chapters dedicated to Comet NEOWISE.

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Just two examples of what is included.


It would have been remiss of I NOT to have celebrated our (i.e., Northern Hemisphere) 1st naked-eye visible comet in 23-years.

Work like crazy since July 4 UPDATING my recent (i.e., May 2020) “Comets” book to be NEOWISE specific. So, made a ‘NEOWISE’ edition. It was hectic, BUT fun. I love comets.

Amazon is playing games.

But, it is already available on 7 outlets & as even sold a FEW! SMILE.

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C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) Is Becoming INCREASINGLY Tantalizing; Possibly EVENINGS In The Northern Hempisphere.

by Anura Guruge


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So far, so good. Looks real promising. It has ALREADY rounded the Sun (last week). So, that danger is out of the way.

Looking increasingly tantalizing. They are even speculating ‘GREAT‘. Wow. Evening sky visibility is the key. Dawn doesn’t cut it.

A few more days to go. I will keep you posted, as I already have. SMILE.


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C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) Is Now Naked Eye Visible (Just), In The Northern Hempisphere, At DAWN.

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Far from attracting general attention, let alone vying for ‘greatness’.

But, early days. Dawn comets, somehow, don’t cut the mustard unless they are truly spectacular & NEOWISE is far from that.

But, this could change. Just wanted to keep you apprised.


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4,000th Comet Discovered Using Digital Images Provided By NASA/ESA SOHO.

by Anura Guruge


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From my “Comets” book
(shown below).

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The above two extracts from my “Comets” book tell you everything you need to know. SMILE.

NASA/ESA SOHO makes available digital images that amateurs can scan at their leisure to spot comets.

The 3,000th comet thus discovered was made in September 2015.

So just under 5-years to find another 1,000. That is 200 a year. NOT BAD.


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First Comet ATLAS, Then Comet SWAN & Now C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) — A Possible Naked-Eye Comet.

by Anura Guruge


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Don’t get your hopes up. We have already had two duds, i.e., ATLAS & SWAN.

This one could be even more elusive. It was discovered a few days BEFORE SWAN.

It went by us once already. Though quite close to the Sun right now, it is VERY FAINT. Nowhere close to naked-eye right now.

But … a month from now. It could be a different story.

I will keep an eye on it, for you. Rest assured.


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I Finally Manage To Get A Book Listed By ‘Apple’. Wow. It Has Taken Me 10-Years!

by Anura Guruge


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I am in shock. I had kind of given up on ever getting a book on ‘Apple Books‘.

I had tried & tried & tried over the years — since 2010. They just make you jump through so many hoops. I would eventually give up, given that Amazon Kindle eBooks can be read on Apple devices. Kindle eBooks can be read ANYWHERE. So, that was my rationale; my excuse.

My latest book, i.e., “Comets“, even if it is just I saying so, is rather ‘special’. SMILE. I wanted to make it as widely available as possible.

So, I worked with ‘Draft2Digital‘. It still took me three (3) attempts. Finally I sorted out all the wrinkles & managed to meet all the criteria. Bingo. Apple accepeted it.

Whether I will sell even a single copy is a different matter. At least now I have broken my duck. Wow.

I am in shock.


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As Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) Makes Its Flacid Swansong, I Bring You Comet C/2017 K2.

by Anura Guruge


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As I say in my ‘Comets’ book it is a very atypical comet.

Read the little blurb on it.

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More on this comet in the coming days.


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Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN): Very Low & Barely Naked-Eye In The Night Sky, In The U.S.

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So, this is where it was at 11pm tonight, i.e., Friday, May 29, 2020.

It brightness, in ‘absolute magnitude’, is DOWN to +6. That is NOT good. That is borderline naked-eye visible.

So, I am NOT expecting C/2020 F8 (SWAN), alas, to be a BIG hit. I, after the collapse of ‘ATLAS‘, was ultra-cautious. I did not want to build-up, false expectations.

But, I will keep you posted.

You might want to check out my new ‘Comets’ book — published yesterday!

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