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Looking for the NEOWISE Comet

Look up in the sky, what do you see? If you’re lucky, you just might be able to see the NEOWISE comet. This comet is so special because it can be seen by the naked eye. You won’t need a telescope to see this rock flying through space. But you’d better look for it soon because it won’t be around again for another 6,800 years!
The light streaming from the comet is made by the sunlight reflecting off its tail, which is made up of gas and dust that trails away from the rock as it moves. There is a second tail as well, created from atoms blown back from the head of the comet. The head of a comet is called a “coma.”
“This comet is about 3 miles across, and most comets are about half water and half dust,” explained Emily Kramer from NASA. “It’s about 13 million Olympic swimming pools of water. So that’s a lot of water.”
There’s no need to worry about the space rock getting too close to Earth, scientists said. The Earth is in no danger of NEOWISE breaking through the atmosphere and landing on the planet.
To catch this dazzling sight, you will need to wait until just after sunset. It will be located below the Big Dipper in the northwest sky. The comet can only be seen in the Northern Hemisphere, and it would be best to find a star-gazing spot where there are no bright lights. NEOWISE will look like a fuzzy ball with a trail.
“It’s quite rare for a comet to be bright enough that we can see it with a naked eye or even with just binoculars,” Kramer said.

Baseball is Back – With a Twist

It’s baseball season, but what can fans do in a pandemic? Major League Baseball (MLB) has been on hold due to the Coronavirus, but it’s just starting up again – with a shortened season and a few rule changes. There are new bans on players spitting and arguing.
Many teams were inspired by the Chinese Professional Baseball League that used cardboard cutouts of fans back in April. Now, MLB teams have decided to use cutouts, too.
The Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers will be using images of their fans in the stands. The Brewers plan to offer a “Pets in the Park” section of the stadium for fans to have cutout pictures of their dogs and cats.
Are you a fan of the San Francisco Giants? The team plans to put fan pictures next to cutouts of celebrities like Joe Montana.
The Oakland Athletics are selling cutouts to raise money for charity.
Fans will not get to sit in the stands this year, but at least they can enjoy the game and see themselves on television, perhaps even sitting next to a famous person.

Violence and Federal Officers on City Streets

This week, President Trump said that federal officers will be sent to help local police deal with violence in cities around the country.
“Operation Legend” will send hundreds of officers to cities like Kansas City, Chicago, and Portland. Officers will be sent from the FBI and other government agencies to “help drive down violent crime,” said Trump.
The move is meant to stop protesters being violent in some cities. “We have no choice but to get involved,” Trump said.
Not everyone agrees with the president, though. Some say said that federal officers on the streets will only make the violence worse and abuse Americans’ rights. Mayors of these cities have said they don’t need help.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot first refused the offer but seemed to change her mind later. She said the help could be useful if the federal officers work as partners with local police.

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