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By ZHANG LEI | China Daily | Updated: 2020-08-01 00:00

Stargazing and chasing comet Neowise provide fun

"The last time a comet visible to the naked eye appeared in the northern hemisphere was the Hale-Bopp comet 23 years ago. I was preparing for the college entrance examination, and I didn't have the chance to see it in person. This time, the comet Neowise, number C/2020 F3, is very unexpected. No one thought that it could increase to the brightness of a magnitude 1 star. Now it is the new favorite of our star chasers," says astronomy enthusiast Li Peng.

In order to avoid the interference of city lights and better observe the comet Neowise, Li and his friends drove 500 kilometers from Beijing to the Ulan Butong grassland of Inner Mongolia to take pictures. A celebrity in Beijing's astronomical circle, Li has devoted himself to astronomical science for a long time and always pays attention to important astronomical phenomena.

On March 27, comet Neowise was discovered by NASA's wide-area infrared survey satellite, and was named after its exploration mission "Neowise".

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