An Evening Comet

   Despite clouds along the northern horizon the comet was still easy to see with the naked eye. Well not really easy, easy, but it was certainly visible as an elongated fuzzy object. I was observing near a family using a telescope and they were the first to spot the comet. So, by using the pointer stars of the Big Dipper I looked down from the bowl toward the horizon and there was the comet. In one of the pictures below you can see the pointer stars near the top of the picture.
All pictures have been processed to adjust exposure, contrast, saturation, temperature, and all have been resized.
   While waiting for the sky to darken enough the ISS orbited overhead moving across the stars of the ‘Summer Triangle’ passing closely by the stars Vega in Lyra the Harp and Deneb in Cygnus the Swan (aka the ‘Northern Cross’).
   Adding to the viewing were the planets Jupiter and Saturn rising in the southeast along with the stars of Sagittarius and Scorpius, and the summer Milky Way.
   The morning after there were a few clouds blocking a view of the comet, however the waning crescent Moon and Venus were shining brightly and hard to miss.


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11 thoughts on “An Evening Comet

  1. Great articles on this site!
    Can anyone please tell me how to view the Starwalk videos somewhere?
    When I click on them I get a message suggesting that they don’t exist anymore?


  2. Thanks Bob for taking the time to check & reply.
    However still not able to access any of the videos on any of my devices. My PC opens up OneDrive but gets no further. I have no problem viewing videos for other websites.
    Perhaps I need to be a member of your site or something to access? I get the following message:
    This item might not exist or is no longer available
    This item might have been deleted, expired, or you might not have permission to view it. Contact the owner of this item for more information.


  3. I am sort of confused. If you are on my WordPress web pages then the videos should play as they are stored as mp4 videos on WordPress. Here is a link off WordPress for one of the videos.
    [video src="" /]
    Can you send me a copy of one of the links you are using?

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  4. The link you gave me just comes up on Word Press with “404 File Not Found”.
    This is the link I have for your first video “Introduction to Project Starwalk”
    Thanks for your efforts & patience.


  5. Thank Bob, we can now access all videos on the original page. It is my father who originally was wanting to access your videos, he was a Master Mariner – below are his comments & thanks he wants passed to you:

    When being prepared for celestial navigation examination over 50 years ago there was a basic nautical astronomy component but the main emphasis was on the application of derived formula for position finding, using mostly the Haversine formula.
    The 3-D models give me a far better comprehension of motions than 2-D illustrations or even 3-D animations/simulations. Must be pre-computer age comprehension/appreciation? Maybe Bob being an experienced lecture would be aware of this lack of interpretation ability; there is probably a psychological term for this?



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