Winnipeggers catch a glimpse of “the brightest comet we’ve seen in probably 20 years” – Winnipeg


It will be a good weekend for astronomers in Winnipeg and the surrounding area – as long as the skies are clear.Manitoba Museum astronomer Scott Young says now is the perfect opportunity for Winnipeggers to see the newly discovered comet NEOWISE as it traverses Earth.

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“There are a lot of comets up there and a lot of them don’t even become visible to the average person, but this one comes almost out of nowhere,” says Young, who says he was able to see her within the confines of the city. Thursday evening.

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“It’s that beautiful comet with a tail – and that’s what it looks like, a fuzzy ball with a big, long tail behind it.

Comet NEOWISE – the brightest comet visible in the northern hemisphere for a quarter of a century – swept through Mercury’s orbit earlier this month. Its immediate proximity to the sun burned the dust and gas on its surface and created an even larger tail of debris.

NASA’s Neowise infrared space telescope discovered the comet in March.

Scientists involved in the mission said the comet was about three miles in diameter. Its core is covered with a sooty material dating back to the origin of our solar system 4.6 billion years ago.

Comet NEOWISE makes a rare appearance in the night sky of British Columbia

Comet NEOWISE makes a rare appearance in the night sky of British Columbia

The comet will be visible across the northern hemisphere until mid-August, when it returns to the outer solar system.

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Young stated that the comet was only visible around Winnipeg in the morning – which makes sight difficult for those of us who are not early risers – but that it is now visible every evening from from 23 hours.

Young said it was worth taking a walk outside of town to get a good look.

“If you can get out of the city lights for a dark sky, you get a great view,” he says.

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“It’s the brightest comet we’ve seen in probably 20 years.”

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And you probably won’t want to miss the opportunity. NASA scientists say it will take approximately 7,000 years before the comet returns.

– With files from the Associated Press

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