A comet and a parade of planets

Comet Neowise over McBride Peak just before 2 am, July 20. It is now up all night over the Canadian Rockies. Watch it move a little closer closer to the the Big Dipper every night.

The best comet seen in the north for more than two decades is worth a look amid the clouds in the next few days. It is easiest to see low in the north between midnight and 1 am when the sky is darkest. With binoculars or a camera exposure of a few seconds you can see a fainter ion tail to the left of the brighter dust tail. If you find a clear sky or are waiting for clouds to move, look for Jupiter as it approaches Saturn low in the south, bright orange Mars in the east, and around 3 am or so, brilliant Venus rising ahead of the sun.

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