Comet Neowise Featuring a Bluish Ion Tail as Seen above Dark Sky® Alqueva Lake


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The image shows Comet Neowise C/2020 F3 with his blueish ion tail made by ionized gas – gas energized by ultraviolet light from the Sun and pushed outward by the solar wind – faintly visible at the left side of the comet while it was rising. The image is a stack of 4 single shots to help reveal the faint ion tail captured during predawn of yesterday 12th July above Alqueva lake, in Monte Juntos, territory of Dark Sky® Alqueva, in Alentejo, Portugal. The comet has become so bright that can be seen with unaided eye, although, it starts to be visible from now on after the sunset and during the nautical twilight. Is always preferable to enjoy the view with a pair of binoculars or a telephoto lens. Below is a time lapse sequence taken in the same night but with a different setup.

PT: A imagem revela o cometa Neowise C/2020 F3 com a sua cauda de íons azulada composta por gás ionizado – gás este energizado pela luz ultravioleta do Sol e empurrado para fora pelo vento solar – subtilmente visível no lado esquerdo do cometa enquanto este se elevava no horizonte Nordeste. A imagem é resultado de um stack de 4 disparos únicos para ajudar a revelar a ténue cauda de íons captada durante a madrugada de 12 de julho, acima do lago Alqueva, em Monte Juntos, território do Dark Sky® Alqueva, no Alentejo, Portugal. O cometa ficou tão brilhante que pode ser visto a olho nu, embora comece a ser visível a partir de agora após o pôr do sol e durante o crepúsculo naútico. É sempre preferível apreciar a vista com um par de binóculos ou lentes telefoto. Em baixo é possível ver outro um time lapse captado na mesma noite, mas com outro setup.

Technical details | Detalhes Técnicos

Nikon D850 modified | 70mm f/2.8| ISO2500 – Exp. 8 seconds | Vixen Polarie Portable Mount |Stack of 4 images. Captured from fields of Dark Sky® Alqueva



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