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The Days when Neowise moved past the Earth in 2020

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C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) or Comet NEOWISE is a long period comet with a near-parabolic orbit discovered on March 27, 2020, by astronomers during the NEOWISE mission of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope. NEOWISE is known for being the brightest comet in the northern hemisphere since Comet Hale–Bopp in 1997.

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The Moon


in the dark the moon is your only friend out there

the golden handle 

Golden Handle

When the sunlight appears on the Moon’s surface in a flat angle, interesting lighting effects are created, due to the mountains and valleys, which can be observed quite well from the Earth. A well-known effect is the so called »golden handle«. This is when the Jura Mountains (»Montes Jura«) are illuminated 4 to 5 days before the full moon and appear as a bright arc, in front of the still darkened Sea of Showers (»Sinus Iridum«) of the Mare Imbrium. This is reinforced by the fact that the boundary of light and shadow, which is called »terminator«, runs directly through this area.

Already Galileo Galilei (1564–1642) knew of the »golden handle« and used his observations to estimate the altitude of the moon mountains – a fascinating thought, when you imagine that you can look over his shoulder, while doing it.


The Mars and Pleiades conjunction

Solar System: Mars
Messier Nr.:45

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