#TheOrdinaryMoments – Comet Hunting

Being a bit of a space-buff, I was rather excited at the concept of seeing a comet in the sky. I clearly remember seeing the bright and beautiful Hale-Bopp comet streaking across the sky back in the late nineties, it was spectacular!

Having heard that Comet Neowise is apparently closer and bigger than the comets that we’ve seen during our lifetime, I was expecting a grand display in the sky, perhaps it would be even bigger and better than Hale-Bopp… or not.

With clear skies and perfect weather for stargazing, we drove half an hour away from home (to get a better viewpoint) and kept the kids up till way past their bedtime (and my own) yet we couldn’t see a single star in the sky. Talk about a failure – this was a complete flop!

Having established that we were going to next to nothing, I brought the kids home and after they were tucked up in bed I decided to give it one last go…

There was no use trying to view Neowise from our garden as the houses around us block the view and so I hopped back into the car for a ‘Mini adventure’ to the beach, where with the aid of an app I was finally able to find and to see Comet Neowise.

#TheOrdinaryMoments - Comet Hunting

Let me assure you that it was far from impressive, Neowise appeared as a very faint smear in the sky and was absolutely nothing in comparison to Hale-Bopp all those years ago. Still, I got a rather fuzzy photo and my mission is complete.


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4 Comments

  1. July 21, 2020 / 4:49 pm

    That is incredible. We didn’t see it, but it must be lovely to share that with the kids xx

    • July 22, 2020 / 10:17 am

      Sadly it was 1am by the time I saw it and they were tucked up in bed (and laughed at me the next morning for staying up so late to see a smudge in the sky). Hehe

  2. July 25, 2020 / 10:30 am

    We love anything to do with space and love this sort of thing! x

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