Door County is a place known for its beautiful sunsets, its cherries, and its picturesque small towns. However, this year, something unique is visible in the night sky. The NEOWISE comet is paying Earth a visit before it vanishes into space. While comets are notoriously unpredictable, NEOWISE is expected to return to Earth in about 68,000 years. The great thing about this particular comet is that it is visible in the evenings so you don’t have to worry about setting an alarm for two in the morning to catch a glimpse of this unique phenomena. To find this comet you can look almost directly below the Big Dipper constellation.
Photo Credit to NASA: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/how-to-see-comet-neowise
While this comet may not be as bright as the famous Hale-Bopp in 1997 which was visible for over a year to the naked eye, NEOWISE is still a sight to see. This fast moving object made up of rock and ice which is visible in the night sky to everyone in the northern hemisphere may be a once in a lifetime experience. Door County is one of the best places to stargaze. Not that I am biased or anything, being born and raised in Wisconsin. However, the county’s dark zones reduce light pollution, allowing millions more stars to be observed with the naked eye. This makes viewing the NEOWISE comet extra special and extra bright on your Door County trip. You can catch a glimpse of the final frontier with no expensive equipment and maybe feel like you’re in Star Trek for a moment.
You can even enjoy this comet and the stars on our sunset kayak tour out of Egg Harbor. There’s nothing better than watching the sun sink beneath the horizon and watch the stars come out. Click here to book your next adventure with us. To learn more about the NEOWISE Comet, click here.