This perfect offer was written in the stars.
The New York couple got engaged after the man asked a question against the NEOWISE comet, which is only seen every 6,800 years.
John Nicotera planned this summer to offer the girl Erica Pendrak a trip to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, Syracuse.com reports, even though the adventure was canceled due to a coronavirus pandemic.
Luckily, the stars matched up epically to keep the plan going. Nicotera, who can be described as a “cosmic narcissus,” instead invited her partner to inspect the NEOWISE comet with her when it became visible from the empire state this month.
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“There were other things going on during the week, and it was really the only night that worked for us,” he recalled. “At the time, I knew I needed clouds to make the sky clear and Mother Nature to be friendly to me.”
Nicotera has enlisted the help of its friend, photographer Timo Leach, to capture the life-changing moment of July 18, Insider reports.
After meeting Leach and his girlfriend near McCauley Mountain in Old Forge for a celestial event, the couple posed for several photos until Nicotera announced he was about to land on one road.
“After a few attempts, John looked at the images on my camera and joked,‘ I’m going to suggest, can you get a picture? “My answer is, ‘Don’t move for about 7 seconds,'” Leach wrote on his website. “The result was a slightly unfocused, noisy image, which was the perfect moment.”
She said yes, and everything else is a (social media) story.
Nicotera shared vivid silhouette images on a Twitter post that has since become viral and garnered more than 8,000 sympathies, and greetings from astronaut Garrett Reisman.
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“Our story is spread all over the country and the world. It’s wonderful to see and have good news,” the bride, who will be told Insider.
The future groom thanked his photographer friend, who is grateful that Leach “froze the biggest moment of my life so far.”
“It’s not just a memory. I can survive it as long as that photo lasts, and we’ll always have it,” Nicotera said.
The Utica couple, who are both teachers, hope to get married next summer.
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Comet, also known as C / 2020 F3, on 27 March. It was discovered by NASA’s NEOWISE space telescope (a researcher in a wide-field infrared study near a near-Earth object).
“The comet takes about 6,800 years to make one circle around its long, stretched orbit, so it won’t visit the inner solar system again for thousands of years,” NASA explained on its website.
NASA notes that the comet’s closest approach to Earth was on July 22, about 64 million miles away.
It is not expected to return for nearly 7,000 years.
Fox News James Rogers, Chris Ciaccia and Michael Ruiza contributed to this report.