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Icy Visitor

Dean S. Acheson photo

An additional object in the night sky has been getting a lot of attention.

Officially known as C/2020 F3, Comet NOWISE was discovered on March 27, 2020, by NEOWISE, the asteroid-hunting afterlife of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. The comet has been getting higher in the evening sky, sparkling northwest below the Big Dipper constellation.

Binoculars or a telescope is recommended for viewing. This image was taken  about 10 p.m. at the Trout Lake boat landing in Vilas County. A several-second exposure reveals the comet's tail.

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