Local photographer captures Comet Neowise above East Devon
- Credit: Alex Walton Photography
These stunning photos of the Comet Neowise blazing a trail through the skies above East Devon were captured by Ottery photographer Alex Walton.
He took them just before 2.30am near Venn Ottery on Saturday, July 11.
He said: “We were treated not only by the amazing sight of the comet but by a fantastic cloud formation known as noctilucent clouds.
“These shining clouds are formed by ice crystals in the upper atmosphere and are only visible at night.”
The Comet Neowise, discovered in late March, is one of just a few this century that can be seen with the naked eye as it approaches the sun.
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It will be closest to the Earth on Thursday, July 23, but will still be about 64 million miles (103 million km) away.
Comets are balls of frozen gases, ice, dust and rocky material. As a comet approaches the sun, solar radiation ‘melts’ its surface, vapourising gas and dust molecules to create the distinctive tail.
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