Catch the NEOWISE Comet in a Mitsubishi

July 21st, 2020 by


Have you gotten your chance to spot the NEOWISE comet? Known scientifically as the C/2020 F3, the comet was named after the Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) space telescope that first discovered the comet earlier this year. We say discovered because scientists don’t expect the comet to return for some 6,800 years, so it’s brand-new to everyone on Earth, at least. One would think quarantine would lead to less light pollution, but not so much. The best way to catch the comet is by taking a ride in a Mitsubishi Outlander with a sunroof.

It may have been tough to see thus far with the stormy summer Florida always seems to have, especially with cloudy nights, but as of late it’s been a little easier to see the stars. Now, we’re just looking for a star with a tail travelling below the Big Dipper. It’s time to brush up on your constellations, or download the Google Sky Map app, because that’s your best bet for finding the comet. However, your “best” best bet would be to go looking for the comet on July 22, when the comet should be closest to the Earth, although some say the 23rd will be the brightest date, who knows when it comes to melting chunks of ice.

That’s all comets are, after all. Chunks of ice that get too close to the sun, having made its closest approach in early July. At first, the only way to catch the comet was in the early mornings with sun rise, which only made it more difficult to see, but as the ice ball traveled further out, it became a night-time spectacle. For the most part, astronomers are saying to catch it right after sunset, when the Big Dipper is still as high in the sky as it can. Otherwise, the constellation will travel towards the horizon, and there goes another chance to see the comet. It should be viewable until the 26th, so there’s still time.

Ready for an adventure stargazers? It seems like the only way to catch this comet is at the beach, or the everglades, or anywhere the sky is its darkest. So, we need to travel a bit, and the best way to do that is in a vehicle with a sunroof. It wouldn’t be the best way to see the comet if it flew overhead and all your passengers can see is the ceiling of the vehicle. No, a sunroof would be the best logical choice, and three Mitsubishi vehicles provide the view. The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander, 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross all offer sunroofs on many trims in the lineup. Pop it open for a cool breeze and a clear view of the night sky.

Travel northwest to get the comet in your sights. If you’ve never seen a comet, you may be wondering what to look for. Some say it’s a star with a tail, but if you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the celestial object before it returns to the cosmos in all of its glory like the photo above. It’s beautiful! And if you do get a chance to see the comet and snap a photo, be sure to share it with us on University Mitsubishi social media.

Photo Source/Copyright: Bob King – aka AstroBob – in Duluth, Minnesota