A comet visiting from the most furthest parts of our solar system has been spotted over Merseyside this week.
Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE made its once-in-our-lifetimes close approach to the Sun and some twitter users spotted it over Liverpool.
Greg Sheard took a stunning image of the comet over Liverpool, he said: “23 years ago, I was just 9 years old and remember looking into the sky every clear night and being fascinated with Comet Hale Bopp. This morning, at 32 years old I looked up into the sky and saw my first comet since 1997 and photographed Comet Neowise”
Another twitter user spotted the comet over Newsham park.
The very close passage by the Sun is cooking the comet’s outermost layers, causing gas and dust to erupt off the icy surface and creating a large tail of debris.
Observers might be able to see the comet’s central core, or nucleus, with the naked eye in dark skies; using binoculars will give viewers a good look at the fuzzy comet and its long, streaky tail.
As it speeds away from the Sun, Comet NEOWISE will begin to make its appearance in the evening sky shortly after sunset on July 11.