Comet Neowise appears in sky over Quebec City (photo by Jay Ouellet)

July 27, 2020

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

This is the last photo that Jay Ouellet submitted to the QCT online on July 27, 2020. It was not published in the print edition.  The comet Neowise was discovered on March 27, 2020, by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or NEOWISE. The comet has since been named after the telescope.  Jay Ouellet set out to photograph this newly identified celestial object on the first clear night that it could be seen over Quebec City.  At that time, he wrote, "It took me about 40 minutes to find this spot. I started looking at 9:30. I needed binoculars to see the comet, was not visible by eye alone. I started near the Terrace de Levis…but the comet was way to the right… So I had to drive westward…finally settling to near the Marina de Levy, looking towards the Château Frontenac." EDITOR'S NOTE: Jay Ouellet passed away on Dec. 27, 2020. An obituary and a tribute to his memory will appear in the Jan. 6, 2021 edition of the QCT.