Couple Get Engaged Under Rare Comet That Is Only Visible Every 6,800 Years
There's unique proposals, and then there's this.
One couple from New York just got engaged under a rare comet that's only visible in the northern hemisphere every 6,800 years. Wow.
John Nicotera, 26, had been planning on proposing to girlfriend Erica Pendrak, 33, since Christmas 2019. But since the global pandemic - and with the teachers isolating together for months - he started to think about it more seriously and came up with the incredible idea.
As a self confessed "space junkie" John already follows what's going on up there pretty closely, and he became aware of a very rare comet called Neowise, which only appears every 6,800 years.
Determined to make the cosmic event part of his proposal, John made plans to take Erica up to his family's camp in upstate New York, where they would be able to see the comet - and he could pop the question!
Once John's photographer friend Tim Leach heard about the plan, he asked John if he would like him to take some photos.
Of course John said yes and on 18th July, they put the plan into action.
John told Insider: "I just remember the amount of happiness I had going through me. All the nerves were gone at that point. I was just like, 'I'm massively in love with this girl. I'm going to do it.'"
And the end result was seriously impressive, with Tim taking some incredible photos of John down on one knee and the comet in the background.
"I'm just really happy Tim was able to be there and capture that moment for us," John added.
"He froze the greatest moment of my life so far. It's not just a memory. I can relive it as long as that photo lasts, and we are always going to have that."
And of course, Erica said yes!
John also decided to tweet about the momentous occasion, tagging astronaut Garrett Reisman.
"Can I get a retweet for what I pulled off last night? We even saw the ISS pass by! @SpaceX @NASA@elonmusk @astro_g_dogg @Space_Station #NeowiseComet," he said.
Garrett retweeted John's message, adding: "Well done! Congratulations."
You can see more of Tim's incredible work here. This could actually be the best proposal we've ever heard of!
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