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By Bill Rodgers

There's still time to see the Neowise Comet


Bill Rodgers

The comet has been visible in our area early in the mornings between 2 and 3 a.m.

Comet Neowise was discovered on March 27, 2020, by the infra-red Neowise telescope placed in orbit in 2009. It promises to be one of the more visible comets for viewing in a quite a while. A retrograde comet (it moves around the sun in the opposite direction of the Sun's rotation), Neowise orbits the sun once every 6,766 years - which means that no one will see it for a very long time. Don't miss it this time around if you want to see it!

Comets are rather large frozen snowballs composed of water ice and dust, and often other frozen simple chemical substances such as ammonia, carbon dio...

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