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2nd Jul, 2022

Comet-watchers hoping for further glimpse of Neowise

Ian Hughes 16th Jul, 2020

STARGAZERS will be looking to the heavens this evening – if the clouds clear.

They will be hoping to catch a glimpse of Comet Neowise, which was only discovered in March and which is currently bright enough to see with the naked eye in the night sky over Warwickshire, weather conditions permitting of course.

Observer readers have had their camera lenses trained on Neowise, including Dale Hodgetts who caught the comet meeting historic Chesterton Windmill, while Dan Fleetwood took some shots from Rugby town centre.

The ball of ice is some five kilometres in diameter and was formed shortly after the birth of the solar system 4.6 billion years ago.

The glowing tail, made of dust particles which catch the sun’s rays causing the comet to shine.

Neowise should be visible for the rest of the month – expected to be closest to earth on July 23 – but fail to catch it and you will need to wait another 6,800 years for its return.

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