Comet Neowise I

Comet Neowise. Viewed from the summit of Gyrn Wigau (643 m above sea level) in the Carneddau mountain range, looking down onto Bangor, Anglesey and the Menai strait.

Date

19 July 2020

Location

Gyrn Wigau, Caneddau mountain range
SH 65415 67531; 53.18778°N, 4.01570°W

Information

Comet Neowise was discovered on 27 March 2020 by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) space telescope mission. The comet’s nucleus has an estimated diameter of 5 km and at it’s closest (on 23 July 2020) it was 103 million km from Earth. It was visible with the naked eye during July 2020. Don’t worry if you missed it though – it will be back around again in 6,800 years time.

Further Reading

C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) (Wikipedia);
You can see Comet NEOWISE this month (CNN)

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Slate Quarry, Caseg Valley / Gyrn Wigau

Looking across the Caseg valley towards Yr Elen

Date

19 March 2011
Location

Gyrn Wigau / Caseg valley, Carneddau

SH 65202 66723; 53.18046°N, 4.01853°W

Information

The quarry is located in the Caseg valley on the lower southern slopes of Gyrn Wigau. A short adit, whose entrance is on the level of the foot of the waste tip, leads into a small pit in the middle of the main extractive area. There seems to be some debate as to whether the workings here were known as Afon Gaseg or Dr Hughes Quarry.

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