Many locals in Richmond have taken to social media to share images of a recently discovered comet in B.C.
The comet can only be seen in B.C. for several weeks and will not appear for the next thousand years.
Areas where the comet was captured on camera included Garry Point Park, the dikes as well as various locations in Metro Vancouver.
The Neowise comet, discovered in March by NASA’s Neowise infrared space telescope, reached its closest point to the sun on July 3, which caused the “frozen ice ball” to heat up and burn gas and dust off its surface.
NASA explains that, "This very close passage by the Sun is cooking the comet's outermost layers, causing gas and dust to erupt off the icy surface and creating a large tail of debris. And yet the comet has managed to survive this intense roasting."
#cometNEOWISE from the Richmond dike at around 11:25 pm July 19 2020.— Michel Gélinas (@GarconGlacon) July 20, 2020
The #comet was faintly visible to the unaided eye towards the northwest, below the Big Dipper. #BCWX #BCstorm #NEOWISE pic.twitter.com/iER75vIysm
Our colleagues at Vancouver is Awesome have also shared more images of the comet around the Lower Mainland.
-with files from Vancouver is Awesome