Comets 2020

C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) | C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) | C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) | References

On this page, I present photos of the comets that I observed in the year 2020.

 

C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS)

The comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) was discovered on October 2, 2017 with the 1.8-m Pan-STARRS1 telescope in Haleakala, Hawaii. It is expected to become brighter than 10th magnitude during the long period from December 2019 to August 2020 and will move in northern regions of the night sky. From December 2019 to June 2020 it was circumpolar for Central Europe. In late spring 2020, it was expected to reach 8th size class and thus became a rewarding object for astrophotographers (according to WAA, translated).

Photos (eVscope)

         

C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) - Feb 6, 2020

 

C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) - Feb 6, 2020

 

C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) - Feb 6, 2020

   

C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) - Feb 7, 2020

 

C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) - Feb 15, 2020

 

C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) - Mar 9, 2020, processed

     

C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) - Apr 11, 2020

 

C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) - Apr 11, 2020, processed

   

 

C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS)

The comet C/2019 Y5 (ATLAS) was discovered on 28.12.2019 by the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System on Hawaii, ATLAS for short. It promised to become a conspicuous object in the night sky in 2020, but it broke up in April 2020 and could no longer be observed with the naked eye.

Photos (eVscope)

         

C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) - Mar 17, 2020

 

C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) - Mar 17, 2020

 

C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) - Mar 17, 2020

   

C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) - Mar 17, 2020, photo above processed

 

C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) - Mar 17, 2020, photo above processed

 

C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) - Mar 17, 2020, photo above processed alternatively

   

C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) - Mar 17, 2020

 

C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) - Apr 11, 2020

 

C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) - Apr 11, 2020

   

C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) - Mar 17, 2020, photo above processed

 

C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) - Apr 11, 2020, photo above processed

 

C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) - Apr 11, 2020, photo above processed

 

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)

The comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) or Comet NEOWISE was discovered on March 27, 2020, by astronomers during the NEOWISE mission of the re-activated Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope. By July 2020, the comet was bright enough to be visible to the naked eye. It is one of the brightest comets in the northern hemisphere since Comet Hale–Bopp in 1997. Under dark skies, it could be seen with the naked eye and remained visible to the naked eye throughout most of July 2020. For observers in the northern hemisphere, the comet could be seen on the northwestern horizon, below the Big Dipper. North of the 45th parallel north, the comet was visible all night from July 13–22 because it was circumpolar. The perihelium (closest to the sun) was on July 23, 2020 (from Wikipedia, adapted).

Photos from July 18, 2020 (Mühlhausen/Kraichgau)

The Sky

    

The sky - Jul 18, 2020

 

The sky and C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) - Jul 18, 2020 - original size

Photos taken with Sony RX10 M4

The Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)

         
    

Sky bright; 1800 pixels high

 

1800 pixels high

 

1800 pixels high

 

1800 pixels high

     

Photos taken with Sony RX10 M4

1800 pixels high

 

1800 pixels high

 

1800 pixels high

   

Photos from July 21, 2020 (Erkerode near Braunschweig)

The Sky

         

The sky and comet C/2020 F3 - Jul 21, 2020 - original size

 

The sky and comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) - Jul 21, 2020 - original size

  The sky - Jul 21, 2020 - original size

Photos taken with Sony RX10 M4

The Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)

         

2000 pixels

 

2000 pixels

 

2000 pixels

   

Photos taken with Sony RX10 M4

2000 pixels

 

2000 pixels

   

Photos from Auigust 8, 2020 (Mühlhausen/Kraichgau, eVscope)

         

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) - Aug 8, 2020

 

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) - Aug 8, 2020

 

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) - Aug 8, 2020

   

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) - Aug 8, 2020, photo above processed

 

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) - Aug 8, 2020, photo above processed

 

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) - Aug 8, 2020, photo above processed

     

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) - Aug 8, 2020

 

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) - Aug 8, 2020, photo left processed

 

 

 

References

 

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