Comets

  1. Still chance to spot Comet Neowise

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    Video caption: Still chance to spot Comet Neowise

    Neowise, first observed in March of this year, will be visible across the night skies all month as it travels through the solar system.

  2. Still chance to spot Comet Neowise

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    Video caption: Still chance to spot Comet Neowise

    Neowise, first observed in March of this year, will be visible across the night skies all month as it travels through the solar system.

  3. Cumbria's night sky gives a reason to stay up late

    If you can find a clear view to the north, and a clear night, the comet Neowise is clearly visible in Cumbria's night sky.

    The Kendal astronomer Stuart Atkinson is in his element, apart from when the clouds roll in, and a number of other photographers have captured some excellent images too.

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  4. Stargazers urged to view comet

    Stargazers have been urged to marvel at a newly discovered comet which is visible to the naked eye this month as it will not be coming back for another 6,800 years.

    The mountain-sized Neowise comet made its closest approach to the sun on 3 July and is now shining brightly in the night skies.

    PA news agency photographer Owen Humphreys captured images of the comet lined up with St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, at around 00:45 yesterday.

    He said: "It was a lot brighter than I thought it would be, and you could see it clearly with the naked eye.

    "The tail was visible, and there was the added bonus of the noctilucent or night-shining clouds."

    Comet over St Mary's lighthouse, Whitley Bay
  5. Police helicopter shares pictures of comet Neowise

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A police helicopter has shared airborne pictures of the brightest comet since 1997.

    The crew on the NPAS South West Region aircraft saw the comet Neowise on Sunday on their way back from assisting Avon and Somerset Police,

    They shared the view of it "through our night vision goggles".

    The comet has arrived from what is called the Oort Cloud.

    It has also recently been captured on camera streaking across the skies over Stonehenge.

    Brian Sheen, from the Roseland Observatory in Cornwall, said it would be visible over Cornwall for the rest of July, but "once gone, it will not be seen again".

    The comet will be closest to the Earth on 23 July but will still be about 64 million miles (103 million km) away.

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  6. New comet 'brightest since 1997' above Cornwall

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    Comet Neo Wise. Pic: Robert Wiltshire

    The brightest comet since 1997 will be visible over Cornwall for the rest of the month.

    It has arrived from what is called the Oort Cloud and has been named comet Neo Wise.

    At the moment it can be seen in the early morning sky. But in the next few days it will be visible in the evening.

    Brian Sheen, from the Roseland Observatory, said it should be relatively easy to spot, even if it was true "you need to get up well before dawn".

    He added that "once gone, it will not be seen again".

    Robert Wiltshire's picture above shows the comet on Tuesday morning.

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