A Tale of two Tails!

Comet Neowise graced our solar system and became visible to the naked eye in the summer of 2020. It was an incredible sight to see this bright comet dazzling and adorning the night skies near the Big Dipper in the early evenings.

This image captured on July 20, 2020 shows two distinct tails. The thinner bluish tail is the ion tail which points directly away from the sun. The whitish tail is referred to as the dust tail and is made up of fragments of the comet itself in a variety of grain sizes and masses.

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