Once-in-a-lifetime Proposals: Couples’ Get Engaged as Comet NEOWISE Lights Up

Women from different parts of the world recently said “yes” under the light of the Comet NEOWISE, relishing a once-in-a-lifetime moment with the person to whom they want to spend their whole life with.

In different social media platforms, a number of couples shared how they got engaged as the comet lights up the night sky.

Through Facebook, Filipino couple Richmond D. Perez posted a couple of photos taken during the time when he asked his girlfriend, Sandra D. Rafanan, again to marry him.

“And she said ‘yes’ for the second time! With our visitor, the Comet NEOWISE. After five days na paghihintay na mag-clear ang sky, finally, Lord allowed us to see this once in a lifetime event,”  he wrote in the caption of the pictures that he uploaded.

“Thank you, Lord, for these two wonderful creations in front of my eyes,” he added, talking about the comet and the love of his life.

And she said YES 💍💘 for the second time 💖with our visitor comet NEOWISE ☄️After 5days na paghihintay n mag clear ang…

Posted by Richmond D. Perez on Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Meanwhile, in New York, lovers John Nicotera and Erica Pendrak also started their journey to forever under the light of the comet. In an interview, Nicotera shared that his original plan was to propose to her on a trip to Oregon, but it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This could be our engagement,” Nicotera said he had thought to himself. “This is not going to happen in our lifetime or five generations’ lifetimes.”


The Comet NEOWISE orbits the sun every 6,800 to 7,000 years, according to NASA.

“This particular comet has no possibility of impacting the Earth. It crosses the plane of Earth orbit well inside of recovery orbit and almost near the orbit of Mercury, so there’s absolutely no hazard from this comet,” Lindley Johnson, the planetary defense officer and program executive of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office at NASA Headquarters, said during the news conference.

The comet is currently about 70 million miles (111 million kilometers) away from Earth.