Under the Wire
Comet NEOWISE and the long view
July 22, 2020
Extraordinary is the word of the week when describing a celestial visitor to our corner of the galaxy. It references Comet NEOWISE, a three-mile wide once-in-6,500 year visitor that is a delight to those who take time to find it. There have been numerous opportunities the last several years to observe periodic comets that visit from time to time. Comet NEOWISE, however, probably won’t recognize earth and its inhabitants upon its next return. At most, there may be some obscure reference to the time period around 2020 when it last encroached into our solar system. Humanity might even d...