The comet NEOWISE, named after the NASA telescope that discovered it in March, is quickly making an impression among local stargazers. For the next week, it will be at its brightest and can be seen with the naked eye in the evening. A telescope or binoculars give the viewer an even better picture. Door Peninsula Astronomical Society President Dave Lenius says they’re planning another get together at the group’s facility on Utah Street in Sturgeon Bay Tuesday ( now rescheduled for on Thursday). The public is invited, and society members will have laser pointers on hand to highlight NEOWISE and several prominent summer constellations.
The event is billed as a “Bring Your Own Binoculars” (BYOB) viewing party, and social distancing guidelines will be in effect. Once NEOWISE disappears from the night sky, it is not expected to return for roughly 6,800 years.
Due to anticipated poor viewing conditions this evening, the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society has rescheduled the Comet and Green Laser Viewing Night to Thursday, July 23, at 9:30 p.m. This free event is BYOB (bring your own binoculars) and participants will practice social distancing.
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