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Comet snubs Tasmania


Tasmanian stargazers have been left deflated after a rare comet lighting up the night sky in other parts of the country and the world failed to make an appearance above the Apple Isle.

Neowise is 5 kilometres wide, travelling at roughly 231,000km/h, and only comes around once every 7000 years.

Countries in the Northern Hemisphere have had the best sight of the comet which is about the same distance from Earth as we are from the sun (151 million kilometres).

Shevill Mathers from Southern Cross Observatory says while the bright comet has given Tassie the cold shoulder, we are currently enjoying close-ups of Jupiter and Saturn, which he argues make for better viewing anyway.

"Many people were hoping to see Neowise but that's not going to be the case. It's heading away from earth fast so it would be nearly impossible to detect with the naked eye."

"However, in the clear sky there's a great view of the two largest planets in our solar system. In the last couple of nights I've taken some really nice pictures of them situated up against the Milky Way."  

"The two planets [Jupiter and Saturn] are really much brighter than any other stars. And for anyone getting up before dawn at around 5am or 6am, Venus is also a very bright object in the sky."

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 Images: Pixabay & Shevill Mathers