Comet NEOWISE

Spirit Mound north of Vermillion has been a popular spot for stargazers lately. The lack of artificial light makes it a prime spot to view Comet NEOWISE. This photo was taken late Saturday night, July 18. Approximately 20 carloads of people drove to the historic prairie that night to catch a view of the comet, which sails below the Big Dipper in the northwest sky each night after sundown. The comet was first discovered in late March and has lived up to its expectations, being compared to 1997’s Comet Hale-Bopp. NEOWISE’s closest approach to earth will be July 22-23, and it is expected to fade after that.

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