New Release of my 'Comet Collection' series of three photographs of the Neowise Comet. Photographs taken 7/17/2020 and 7/20/202. Now available in limited edition printings of only 200 photographs.
Introducing the 'Comet Collection' | Night Art
Photographing the comet Neowise was truly a once in a lifetime experience and I was extremely blessed to be able to capture such wonderful images. Both nights I didn't think I would even be able to see it because of atmospheric conditions but it turned out to be a blessing of mood and color. From the Bonneville Salt Flats to the High Uinta Mountains both nights were full of surprises, wonder and not getting to bed until almost 3 a.m. It takes energy, patience and planning to pull off good photographs. I really feel like everything came together and my hard work paid off. I hope you enjoy them.
C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) or Comet NEOWISE is a long period comet with a near-parabolic orbit discovered on March 27, 2020, by astronomers during the NEOWISE mission of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope. At that time, it was an 18th-magnitude object, located 2 AU (300 million km; 190 million mi) away from the Sun and 1.7 AU (250 million km; 160 million mi) away from Earth.
NEOWISE is known for being the brightest comet in the northern hemisphere since Comet Hale–Bopp in 1997. It was widely photographed by professional and amateur observers and was even spotted by people living near city centers and areas with light pollution. While it was too close to the Sun to be observed at perihelion, it emerged from perihelion around magnitude 0.5 to 1, making it bright enough to be visible to the naked eye. Under dark skies, it could be seen with the naked eye and remained visible to the naked eye throughout July 2020. By July 30, the comet was about magnitude 5, when binoculars were required near urban areas to locate the comet.
For observers in the northern hemisphere, the comet could be seen on the northwestern horizon, below the Plough or Big Dipper. North of 45 degrees north, the comet was visible all night in mid-July 2020. On July 30, Comet NEOWISE entered the constellation of Coma Berenices, below the bright star Arcturus.