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C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) Is Becoming INCREASINGLY Tantalizing; Possibly EVENINGS In The Northern Hempisphere.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access v. detailed post from ‘space.com’.


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So far, so good. Looks real promising. It has ALREADY rounded the Sun (last week). So, that danger is out of the way.

Looking increasingly tantalizing. They are even speculating ‘GREAT‘. Wow. Evening sky visibility is the key. Dawn doesn’t cut it.

A few more days to go. I will keep you posted, as I already have. SMILE.


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C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) Is Now Naked Eye Visible (Just), In The Northern Hempisphere, At DAWN.

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Far from attracting general attention, let alone vying for ‘greatness’.

But, early days. Dawn comets, somehow, don’t cut the mustard unless they are truly spectacular & NEOWISE is far from that.

But, this could change. Just wanted to keep you apprised.


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I HATE The Summer Solstice. My LEAST Favorite Day Of The Year. Tells You That Winter Is Coming!

by Anura Guruge


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2020 Summer Solstice (my least favorite day of the year) is on June 20.

We will have 15 hours & 23 minutes of daylight.



OK, I will grant YOU that you need to live in the Arctic Circle, as I do, to appreciate this.

The Summer Solstice is TRULY depressing. In YOUR face that days will start getting shorter within 20-hours! Yes, days get shorter as of tomorrow.

I hate the Summer Solstice.

I love, I adore the Winter Solstice. Now that is a HOLIDAY.

Think about it.


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4,000th Comet Discovered Using Digital Images Provided By NASA/ESA SOHO.

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Click to ENLARGE & read here. From: nasa.gov


From my “Comets” book
(shown below).

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The above two extracts from my “Comets” book tell you everything you need to know. SMILE.

NASA/ESA SOHO makes available digital images that amateurs can scan at their leisure to spot comets.

The 3,000th comet thus discovered was made in September 2015.

So just under 5-years to find another 1,000. That is 200 a year. NOT BAD.


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First Comet ATLAS, Then Comet SWAN & Now C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) — A Possible Naked-Eye Comet.

by Anura Guruge


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Don’t get your hopes up. We have already had two duds, i.e., ATLAS & SWAN.

This one could be even more elusive. It was discovered a few days BEFORE SWAN.

It went by us once already. Though quite close to the Sun right now, it is VERY FAINT. Nowhere close to naked-eye right now.

But … a month from now. It could be a different story.

I will keep an eye on it, for you. Rest assured.


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The Great ‘Dwarf Planet’ Scam Perpetrated By The Supposedly August International Astronomical Union (IAU).

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From MY book. Click on cover image above.


That table above, from my 2011 book ‘Dwarf Planets‘, contains all the background you need to understand this scam.

So, this was from a book published 9-years ago. Also in the table we have 5 (& only 5) Dwarf Planets — the last of which, Humea, was designated as such in September 2008.

September 2008 is coming up to 12-years.

In those 12-years the IAU has not designated any other Dwarf Planets.

We had 5 Dwarf Planets in Sept. 2008, we still have 5 Dwarf Planets in June 2020.

NO. NO. NO.

Dwarf Planets, of course, are very different from Planets. That is why Pluto was reclassified a Dwarf.

Yes, we don’t have many planets & yes, the last was discovered a very, very long time ago.

Not so with Dwarfs. We have THOUSANDS that appear to meet the criteria. They have LONG LISTS of possible Dwarf Candidates.

But, the IAU has not done anything in terms of expanding the pool of Dwarfs since 2008.

And therein lies the scam.


It would appear that the IAU has had second — if not third, fourth or fifth — thoughts about Dwarf Planets.

It would appear that they think that they screwed up. But, they are too august & proud to say that. So, instead they are hoping to atrophy the issue & category.

Well, I, for one, will not let that happen.

So, now YOU know.



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‘Timeanddate.com’ “Night Sky” Feature Looks Extremely Promising & Mega Useful.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. The ‘Night Sky’ feature in action.


I have been a HUGE fan of ‘timeanddate‘ for years —  as long as I can remember. I rely on them extensively. They, like Wikipedia, is one of my key ‘goto’ resources. I endorse them whenever I can because they do such a great job.

Yesterday, when I was looking for sunrise/sunset times for the 2020 Summer Solstice I happen to see this NEW ‘Night Sky’ feature — supposedly still in beta. I gave it a quick spin. I didn’t have much time. Ditto again, just now. Again gave it a very quick spin. Looks GREAT. I know that they will NOT disappoint. A very competent & thorough outfit. I am thrilled. I will happily go to them for my night sky. I am excited. Thank YOU, ‘timeanddate’. Keep up the good work.


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2020 Summer Solstice Is A Week Away, But We Are Having Our Earliest Sunrises.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE & study. From ‘timeanddate.com’ — where else?


2020 Summer Solstice (my least favorite day of the year) is on June 20.

We will have 15 hours & 23 minutes of daylight.


Sunrise & sunset times are NOT in (& never are) in lock-step. So, we don’t get the earliest sunrise coupled with the latest sunset on the Summer Solstice.

This year the earliest sunrises, at 5:05am, are happening right now — and will be done on June 18. Sunsets, however, continue to be later. Which is how we still managed to get the longest day on the Solstice. But, we are now talking in SECONDS.


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Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN): Very Low & Barely Naked-Eye In The Night Sky, In The U.S.

by Anura Guruge


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So, this is where it was at 11pm tonight, i.e., Friday, May 29, 2020.

It brightness, in ‘absolute magnitude’, is DOWN to +6. That is NOT good. That is borderline naked-eye visible.

So, I am NOT expecting C/2020 F8 (SWAN), alas, to be a BIG hit. I, after the collapse of ‘ATLAS‘, was ultra-cautious. I did not want to build-up, false expectations.

But, I will keep you posted.

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