Location of Photo:
Mayill, NM, USA, remotely from La Jolla, CA, USA
Date/Time of photo:
November 14, 2020, at 3 AM MST
Takahashi FSQ-ED 106 mm refractor. 3-minute exposure LRGB subs stacked and processed in Pixinsight software.
A comet discovered this past summer was at its closest to Earth (33,313,846 million miles) when this photo was taken. Comet C/2020 M3 (Atlas) isn’t nearly bright enough to see with the unaided eye, but binoculars might pick it up. It’s in a fantastically easy-to-locate spot – near the star Bellatrix (Orion's shoulder) – so if you have a dark sky, and a pair of binoculars, by all means look for it! It’ll look like a fuzzy “star.” Bellatrix is the very bright blue star, the comet is the green "fuzzy" below Bellatrix and to its left, and the bright white star left of these is called 32-Orionis.