SMITHFIELD, MAINE, USA-JULY 17, 2020
Comet NEOWISE reflects in Bog Stream at the northwest part of North Pond as the sun sets over North Pond in Smithfield, Maine, USA, on Friday, July 17, 2020. The celestial visitor is visible after sunset in the northwest night sky just below the Big Dipper or Ursa Major.
My vision for this photo project was to offer a sense of time and place for the comet. When the comet floated by 6,800 years ago, the planet was a much, much different place during the Holecene Era. Civilization had just started to develop in the Fertile Crescent region, known as Mesopotamia. That would be Iraq today. The chicken and horse were finally domesticated and the potterâs wheel was invented.
The comet NEOWISE or C/2020 F3, bound by the gravity of the sun, is hanging above earth like an ornament in the northwest sky. The comet was only discovered on March 27 of this year. Itâs easy to let such an event fall through the cracks while humanity grapples with a global pandemic and civil unrest. The comet was a welcomed distraction. And to be able to brag about photographing an object moving at 144,000 mph while standing on another object moving in another direction at 1,000 mph using a tripod from the sitting position without my beer foaming up is worth the effort.