January 18, 2021

Photos: Stargazing and searching for the comet Neowise

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If you look up at the night sky this week, you can catch a once-in-a-lifetime show. The comet Neowise is making its way into the inner solar system for the first time in 6,800 years and will be visible in the Bay Area in the evenings.

Scattered clouds, light pollution and the marine layer made it extremely difficult to see the comet forcing staff photographer Jose Fajardo to drive two hours north to the town of Geyserville. Once there he made his way up the hills for a better view.

The celestial object is nicknamed Neowise because it was discovered by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey, and it measures three miles across, according to the Associated Press. It is the brightest objects of its kind seen in the sky since Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997. The Chabot Center said comet Neowise is “one of the few comets visible to the unaided eye this century” but it is recommended that viewers use binoculars to see it.

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Author: Jose Fajardo

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