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Photographer:

Jon Greif

Email:

greif.jon@gmail.com

Location of Photo:

Mayhill, NM, USA remotely from Emeryville, CA, USA

Date/Time of photo:

March 21, 2020, at 11:30 pM local Time

Equipment:

Celestron RASA 9.25 inch Reflector and One Shot Color Camera, Pixinsight 1.8.8 software

Description:

This comet was discovered in Hawaii on December 28, 2019, and has been rapidly brightening, though still not bright enough to be seen without a telescope. It is currently in the Northern sky, near the Big Dipper, passing through the orbit of Mars as it makes its way toward the sun. It will be closest to the Earth on Saturday, May 23, 2020, at a distance of 72,610,769 miles. It will then slingshot around the sun and head into outer space, not to return for 5,476 years -- so try to catch it this time around.

Website:

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/author/jgreif/

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