NEOWISE and the Majestic Milky Way
We were all recently treated to a comet sighting for the first time in more than two decades. NEOWISE, an acronym for NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, flew near earth, around the sun and then back out into space.
For those of us that got out to see it, it was visible most nights right above the horizon after the sky darkened for sunset. In most places, binoculars, telescope or a camera was required to see it. No one on planet Earth will see it again for more than 6,700 years as it circles back out into space. This comet was a surprise as it wasn't discovered until late March of this year and became visible in the skies in early July.