A Comet and a Meteor Together Over Trinidad

Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) in the skies over Trinidad together with a small meteor. Humboldt County, Californa

Comet NEOWISE aka C/2020 F3 in the skies over Trinidad to the right and in the left center is a small meteor. [Photo by David Wilson taken July 13, 2020 at 10:30 p.m. ]

A shiny celestial beauty, Comet Neowise, which began showing in the night skies earlier this month will appear again tonight in the Humboldt heavens. Start checking about 9:30 p.m. for the best viewing. Then the comet will set about 12:43 a.m., but for those early risers (or those willing to stay up for hours), it will appear again about 2:44 a.m. Look for the frozen ball of gases, rocks and dust under the Big Dipper to the northwest.

If you’re along the coast, patchy fog could interrupt your chance to view the comet. In the Humboldt Bay area, head towards Kneeland or Berry Summit where skies should be clear.

According to photographer David Wilson who captured the image above, tonight the comet will be a little higher in the sky than shown in the photo above. “If you can stay up until it’s really dark, you’ll see a double tail on it,” he told us. According to NASA, the glowing head and tail is formed from gasses and dust released when the comet is heated up as it passes our sun.

Feeling more like a night on the couch than an adventure outside? NASA has a piece on the heavenly phenomenon here.

Remember though, if you don’t see the comet this month, it won’t show up in our skies for about 6,800 more years.

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12 comments

  • LD, that is an incredibly beautiful photo. I can’t wait to see all the comet pictures you’ll hopefully be producing. Good job.

  • 🕯🌳Thais an excellent shot indeed David, great capture and 👁.🖖☄🛸

  • Outstanding photo…thnx for sharing. Didn’t know Trinidad had so many lights 😁😁😁

  • Last night, around 10:30 pm:

    • Sweet! We looked tonight but it’s faint and hard to see on the horizon. We’ll try going up to Cell Phone Point tomorrow.

    • Nice!

      It looked fantastic tonight from Bear River Ridge Road. It looks best after 10:30 if the sky stays clear. This story’s accompanying photo Was from Monday, and I’ve collected some more since. I’ll share more comet photos for Monday’s “Night Light of the North Coast” here on Redheaded Blackbelt.

      • You are definitely a lucky man, David. One of our greatest photographers here on the PNW. Thank you for such a lovely photo❣️👩🏽‍🌾

  • Your picture has NOTHING to do with this topic & is viewed as SPAM

  • great job Dave

  • Hi David. Awesome pic. I am hoping to get to know you. I am from Chicago and lived in Colorado at 10,000 ft. with unbelievable skies from 1997 until May of 20. I have lived across from the dry lagoon since June this year. I shot the night sky many times through the years. Thank you David we just saw your heavenly eel river with the Milky way and read your beautiful essay about the Redwoods and our sky. Thank you for your healing energy with your words. We are

    grateful. To anyone reading this post, my wife and I are interested in sharing our work with a photography club.

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