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A proposal is a memorable event for anyone. But for one couple, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
John Nicotera and Erica Pendrak got engaged under Comet Neowise, an extremely rare cosmic event.
Nicotera and Pendrak have been together for two years
Both Pendrak, 33, and Nicotera, 26, are teachers, with Pendrak teaching first grade and Nicotera teaching physical education.

The couple connected via Instagram, and they've been together ever since.

Both Pendrak, 33, and Nicotera, 26, are teachers, with Pendrak teaching first grade and Nicotera teaching physical education.
The couple connected via Instagram, and they've been together ever since.
Nicotera told Insider he started thinking about proposing around Christmas 2019, but the time the two spent together in quarantine during the pandemic made him think more seriously about popping the question.

Nicotera and Pendrak have been together for two years. Erica Pendrak "We've lived respectively for longer than eighteen months," Nicotera said. "In any case, simply being stuck at home each hour can negatively affect an individual, and we had not a solitary issue." "I feel like the special first night period of the relationship might've blurred away and that was a major test," he included. "We both made sense of how to manage each other's issues, you know?" Pendrak included that they simply supplement one another. "I love that I'm ready to share certifiable, genuine, adoring minutes with John the same amount of as I can share senseless minutes," she said. Nicotera initially wanted to propose at Crater Lake in Oregon, yet voyaging was preposterous, leaving him uncertain of how to continue.


Proposal inspiration struck when Nicotera heard about Comet Neowise

Nicotera depicts himself as a space addict, and he follows what's going on with SpaceX and NASA intently.
He as of late learned of the uncommon comet, called Neowise, which just shows up at regular intervals, as indicated by NASA. The comet was obvious in the Northern Hemisphere from July 15 through July 23.
The comet appeared the ideal event to propose. Nicotera made arrangements for himself and Pendrak to go to his family's camp in Old Forge, New York, so they could watch the heavenly occasion and he could bring up marriage.
Destiny appeared to step in when Nicotera's old buddy Tim Leach, a picture taker, connected with check whether the couple would need to take photographs under the comet.
Filter had been taking photographs of the comet for a considerable length of time, so he realized how to catch striking pictures. It required a long introduction, constraining anybody presenting to stop for a few seconds after each image was taken to guarantee the comet was obvious in the sky.
On July 18, Nicotera and Pendrak got together with Leach and his better half to watch the comet, when the two men would cooperate to pull off the proposition.

They posed for a few photos together before Nicotera popped the question, so Pendrak didn't suspect anything

After he and Pendrak had postured for several photos, Nicotera disclosed to Leach he would propose. He said he was anxious in front existing apart from everything else.
However, the entirety of his nerves dissolved away as he took a gander at Pendrak before he got down on one knee.

Nicotera and Pendrak got engaged under a rare comet. Tim Leach
Pendrak said she immediately started crying when Nicotera popped the question, as the proposal was a total surprise to her. She and Nicotera had discussed their future together, but she didn't realize he had concrete plans to propose.
The couple told Insider they had to wait to hug for several seconds after he proposed because of the long exposure, which was difficult.
But they celebrated together once they could move, and Leach took more photos to ensure they would have proof of the moment forever.


The couple said they're grateful Leach was able to document the proposal

"I'm just really happy Tim was able to be there and capture that moment for us," Nicotera said.
"He froze the greatest moment of my life so far," he added. "It's not just a memory. I can relive it as long as that photo lasts, and we are always going to have that."

Nicotera's friend was there to capture the special moment. Tim Leach
The proposal also ended up going viral online, as Nicotera tweeted about the experience and tagged astronaut Garrett Reisman, who later retweeted the image and told the couple congratulations.
Nicotera is a big fan of Reisman, and he often listens to him on podcasts. The recognition was like the cherry on top of their proposal experience.
"Our story is being spread around the country and the world," Pendrak said. "That's kind of awesome to see and to have some good news."
The couple hasn't set a wedding date yet, but they're hoping to get married sometime next summer.

You can follow Leach on Instagram and Nicotera on Twitter.



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