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A man has [proposal / proposed] to his fiancée during an event that occurs just once every 6,800 years or so - give or take a decade [nor / or] two. John Nicotera, 33, popped [a / the] question to his now affianced Erica Pendrak, 26, while the Neowise comet [passed / past] over their heads. It will be another seven millennia before anyone else can get [up / down] on one knee and propose while the celestial body [flies / flew] overhead. Mr Nicotera is a space buff. He knew the rare [astronomical / astronomically] event would take place in the Northern Hemisphere for a [limited / limit] time and planned his proposal to coincide with the comet being [invisible / visible] in the night sky. The couple drove to a campsite outside New York last week and John waited for the comet to [appearance / appear] .

Ms Pendrak [immediately / immediate] accepted Mr Nicotera's proposal. She told reporters that she knew her fiancé was taking her to see the once-in-a-[lifetime / lifeline] event. She said she got the surprise of her [living / life] when he dropped down to one knee. She said: "I was just completely shocked - [fears / tears] and everything. I felt [instant / instantly] chills and pure happiness." A photographer friend went to the campsite with the couple to [rupture / capture] the proposal with the comet whizzing by across the [heavenly / heavens] . John and Erica are both teachers who like experiencing historical events [combined / together] . John said: "Every [single / alone] star was out. It was too special to let it go. I thought, 'I'm [massively / massive] in love with this girl. I'm going to do it.'"

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