A view of the comet from tonight. There was still some haze at times (which is why the inconsistent sky background comes from). This was an integration of about 50 separate 1-second long images, 180mm f/2.8 lens. Image by Jason Enevoldsen.

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You're going to have to hold *very still*, so prop yourself on a railing or a tripod.

Camera? Long exposure, on a tripod.

You're going to have to wait for us to process our photos later tonight: my cell phone Night Sight couldn't get it.

No comet in this image, just a "finder-chart" photo to help you look.

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Ok, it is crystal clear skies now, Seattle.

If you have binoculars look at the North Star and then 3-4 binocular fields of view due right of the North Star. There is almost a fuzzy almost-green blob. That's the comet: C/2022 E3 (ZTF)

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Also, the predictions I'm seeing have the sky clearing up tonight, so there are more chances.

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Consolation prize, here's a picture of 2022 E3 (ZTF) I took with a remote telescope in Virginia.

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Well, you can't see the comet (2022 E3 (ZTF)) right now, Seattle, but if sky-ice is that important to you at least it's graupeling?

Wow, today's sunset was something else.

Why doesn't it do _this_ for my eclipse & solstice sunset watches at our "mini-stonehenge" (Solstice Park) in West Seattle?

For those who were asking, I was correct in my recollection: the angle of sunset is the complement of our latitude. For Seattle that sunset angle is always 42.5°, since our latitude is 47.5°.
Here is a link to a helpful diagram from Deborah Byrd.

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Solstice Sunset Watch, THIS afternoon, Wednesday Dec 21, 3:45pm at Solstice Park in West Seattle!

Join me!

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Happy solstice to all! I know the solstice is almost 5pm tonight (my time) but was very frustrated there's no easy way to look up WHICH NIGHT is longest. Pagans want to know this shit, I know lots of nerdy pagans, why isn't a longest-night calculator trivially findable?
Thank you @AlicesAstroInfo for explaining that it's the night closest to solstice. So this year, it's tonight.


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