Comet Neowise and Malahide Castle Tower
Tom O'Donoghue

Comet Neowise and Malahide Castle Tower

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Throughout July 2020, Comet Neowise was a fantastic sight, visible without binoculars or a telescope. This Naked Eye object was low in the North when it became visible, and began to skim the Northern horizon shortly thereafter. For Ireland's Latitude, the sky never reaches Astronomical darkness during July.

So although very bright, there was only a small window of time for the skies to get dark enough to see it, then before it was lost in the murk low on the horizon. The comet's dust tail is seen when sunlight is reflected off the ejected dust as it approaches the Sun.

On the 9th of July 2020, I was able to capture the comet on the first night I observed it. I went to my local park, and spotted it behind the Western Turret of Malahide Castle. The comet has a bright tail of dust that is evaporating off the comet's head as it approaches the Sun. No Ion tail was visible at this time.

This was a 1s exposure, at ISO 1600, at f/5.6, taken at 200mm zoom. Canon 5D, 70-200mm lens.

Note: All our prints are printed on Baryta 325g Paper, which is an excellent paper for framing. The paper is a gloss type, which gives very vivid colour views.