Brand New Comet NEOWISE Was Caught Dancing With The Northern Lights Over Canada (PHOTOS)
How stunning is this? Comet NEOWISE was captured alongside the northern lights in Canada and it's a spectacular sight. A Canadian photographer shared the snaps on social media.
Notanee Bourassa, a Canadian photographer who captures severe weather and the northern lights, told Narcity about how he was treated to something special in the night sky recently.
On the night of July 13 and into the early hours of July 14, he managed to get both the newly discovered comet NEOWISE and the aurora borealis on camera in the same shot.
"It was supremely satisfying to be in the right place at the right time," he said. "Planning and hard work paid off and I was very, very happy."
Bourassa made the trek from where he lives in Regina to just north of the village of Kisbey to see the melding of these two cosmic events.
"To witness a comet in person is breathtaking and words cannot describe how it really feels," Bourassa said.
During the day there was cloud cover because of thunderstorms rolling through southern Saskatchewan so he had to drive around to find clear skies.
He started photographing at 10:51 p.m. and continued to do so until 1:00 a.m.
"The experience was fantastic," he said.
According to The Weather Network, this is actually a rare sight because the northern lights are usually seen between October and March because there's more darkness.
Also, the next time this comet is visible from Earth might not be until the year 8,786.
So, if anyone wants to see it, now is really the best time.
Comet NEOWISE was only discovered this year on March 27 and it's been putting on a show in the sky for a little while now.
It's visible right across Canada if you know where to look.
After sunset, look along the horizon to the northwest. You'll be able to spot it near the Big Dipper.
The comet will gradually rise every night and will be easier to see if it continues to stay bright because it'll be higher in the dark sky.
It will be closest to Earth on July 22 and July 23 so make sure you have binoculars, a telescope or a camera ready to spot NEOWISE.