Comet Neowise Seen from Arches National Park

July 20, 2020

Comet Neowise

Photographer: Terrence Cook 
Summary Author: Terrence Cook 

Shown above is Comet Neowise framed by one of the arches at Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. This was a fun challenge. To find this faint comet I needed to leave Moab at 3:45 a.m. on the morning of July 8, 2020, in order to be assured of arriving as the comet was rising with the Sun. My goal was to align the comet through one of the park’s famous windows. A band of clouds on the horizon blocked my scouting opportunity so I decided to set up camp at North Window in hopes that something might appear. A few minutes later an obvious tail came into view.

Note that Neowise is now an evening apparition. When the Big Dipper can be seen, look for Neowise close to the western horizon, between where the Sun has just set and the Dipper. You'll likely need a pair of binoculars to detect it. Neowise is the nickname for this comet, discovered by the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.