A comet visiting from the most furthest parts of our solar system that only visits once every 6,800 years was pictured over New Brighton lighthouse.
Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE made its once-in-our-lifetimes close approach to the Sun at 3:40am Sunday morning.
These stunning images were captured by local photographer Kevin Hughes.
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.
The comet’s best views will appear 10 degrees above the northeast horizon before sunrise until the end of July
Your clenched fist held at arm’s length measures approximately 10 degrees in width. So, the head of Comet NEOWISE will appear about “one fist” up from the northeast horizon.