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Comet NEOWISE, a Once in a Lifetime Experience

Hi everyone!

Have you seen comet NEOWISE recently? If not, it isn’t too late! Pack your camera (or phone) head to a place where the sky is clear and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Image Credit: Sandesh Malla

Comet NEOWISE came closest to the sun on July 3, 2020, and was about 43 million kilometres from the sun. It was closest to the Earth on July 23, 2020. After that day, it will become dimmer and eventually disappear and won’t return for another 6,800 years. Comets are space snowballs made of frozen gases, rock and dust that orbit around the sun. NEOWISE is a short form for Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Space Explorer, a space-based telescope that first spotted the comet. 

The best way to find Comet NEOWISE is to start looking for it an hour after sunset, above the northwest horizon. It is below the big dipper and a bit towards the right. 

I went to see Comet NEOWISE about a week ago at Crescent Beach, just around 10 pm. It was a bit dim seeing it with my naked eye, looking at it through a camera made it easier to see. It was such an amazing experience seeing the movements of the sky in the dark.

Don’t miss this lifetime opportunity! 

Published by Aadhya

My name is Aadhya, and I am 12 years old. I love going camping, cooking, hanging out with my friends, and trying new activities! In this blog, you will find all sorts of stories about my experiences. I would love to have feedback from you. P.S. New posts every two weeks on Mondays.

5 thoughts on “Comet NEOWISE, a Once in a Lifetime Experience

  1. I thought I left the comment 3 days ago. I also enjoyed the comet view plus I enjoyed the evening on the beach waiting for the comet to appear. We are lucky to experience the view that would appear only after 6800 year.

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