No, it isn’t a comet Neowise in either name or proximity to the Earth. Still, its always fun to capture a comet! The skies cleared a few nights ago in Wisconsin and I was able to get a few simple images of comet ztf. For those of you who speak camera, my setup was a 440mm full frame equivalent lens at f/3. I captured 50, one second images of the comet and stacked them in Affinity Photo software. Not bad for a bordle class 5 sky!
I also snapped a star chart from Stellarium online so you can find the comet tonight if you would like! If skies are clear, look to Polaris, hang a right, and hunt down a comet! You’ll need some good binoculars or a small telescope.
Also, my Diocese interviewed me about a number of things Faith and Science related. The link is below. In many ways, this interview will be a nice prep for my forthcoming posts about artificial intelligence. Something I tried to explain in the interview, but didn’t do the greatest job with was trying to make a distinction between artificial intelligence and artificial consciousness. Given how Catholics are formed to think of the human person, I think many presume they mean the same thing. More on that in the weeks to come. For now, enjoy!