FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
These words were spoken by Neil Armstrong, who was the first person to step foot on the moon July 20, 1969.
Monday is the 51st anniversary of the amazing accomplishment.
It’s fitting to recognize today as National Moon Day.
President Richard Nixon proclaimed July 20 as moon day in 1971.
There are only twelve states that have sponsored bills recognizing Moon Day, but there hasn’t been enough support to be federally recognized.
To commemorate the day, grab binoculars and look for the NEOWISE comet.
neowise 7,000 feet up pic.twitter.com/HIB0bbiLOc
— justin (@jstngraphics) July 19, 2020
There will be a few passing clouds this evening that may impact the view in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.
But, if you are looking for the comet, find the Big Dipper in the northwest sky and look just below it.
Comet Neowise and the Big Dipper over the next few days pic.twitter.com/EADUd9iR2N
— Con Stoitsis (@vivstoitsis) July 20, 2020
The comet will be closest to the Earth on Wednesday, which may provide a better opportunity to spot the icey wonder.
It will not be visible again for nearly 7 thousand years.