Stargazers treated to rare sighting

Stargazers treated  to rare sightingComet Neowise is visible over the northwestern horizon, just after sunset, for just a few more days before disappearing for the next 6,800 years into the outer reaches of our solar system. Neowise was discovered last March. At the beginning of the month, the comet could be seen in the southeast just before sunrise. Last week the viewing opportunity flipped into its present antithetical position. Astronomers note that comets like Neowise are difficult to predict, given how long it takes them to orbit the sun. One of the next known opportunities for comet viewing won’t happen until Halley’s passes the earth again — 41 years from now. Until then, skygazers hope another surprise comet will emerge from the depths of space. - Photo by Chet Steele

Story First Published: 2020-07-24