A new comet, named Lovejoy after its Australian discoverer, has been visible in northern skies since late December.
Later this month it will reach its closest position to earth providing a cosmic spectacle seen once every 8,000 years or so.
Estimated to be travelling at 15 miles per second the comet has been getting brighter as it passes closer to the sun and is thought to be one of the most vivid comets seen in recent years.
Although visible to the naked eye, this celestial display may be better viewed through binoculars or telescopes. With unaided vision the comet will appear grey, however seen through a telescopic lens the electric green and blue hues of the comet can be defined.
The King’s Lynn and District Astronomical Society will have telescopes at the ready on Tuesday, February 3, at RSPB Titchwell Marsh. They have teamed up with wardens from the RSPB reserve for a one-off spectacle.
After watching hen and marsh harriers return to their roosting grounds, visitors can join members of the astronomical society for a guide to the heavens and maybe catch a glimpse of comet Lovejoy.
The ‘Harriers and Heavens’ event will begin at 4pm and costs £3 per person. Booking is essential as spaces are limited.
Please telephone the visitor centre at RSPB Titchwell Marsh on 01485 210779.