RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Comet NEOWISE

Grand Forks photographer Russ Hons captured these image of Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3), a retrograde comet with a near-parabolic orbit that was discovered March 27 by astronomers using the NEOWISE space telescope. Most of July, the comet will be bright enough to be visible to the naked eye. It is one of the brightest visible to observers in the Northern Hemisphere since Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997. Under dark skies, it can be clearly seen with the naked eye and might remain visible to the naked eye throughout most of July 2020. For observers in the Northern Hemisphere in the morning, the comet appears low above the northeastern horizon. In the evening, the comet can be seen low in the northwestern sky. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

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