Pennsylvanians look up in the night sky for comets passing the earth and share their photos here


Comet Neowise, approaching the closest point on its exit from our solar system, dragged Pennsylvania out into the night to look skyward in the hope of catching a glimpse or perhaps a photo.

Social media had gone up in flames with their shares and comments, which led us to ask them to share some of their photos here.

For those who haven’t caught a glimpse of the comet, we have the best options.

Comet Neowise, photographed by Larry Moquin from the Breezy View Overlook in Columbia.

Comet Neowise

Comet Neowise photographed by Bob Erlsten from Columbia Hill in Montour County.

Neowise – also known as Comet C / 2020 – is now visible with binoculars and on long exposure photos, starting about half an hour after sunset over the northwest horizon just below the Big Dipper. Its position moves a little higher in the sky and a little to the left every night.

Comet Neowise

Comet Neowise photographed by John Siefert from Bunker Hill Road near Womelsdorf.

It will make its next passage to Earth on Thursday, July 23rd, and for a few days thereafter. It will be about 64 million miles from Earth, which is closer than the 93 million miles from the Sun.

After the comet faded in August, it is not expected in our part of the solar system until the year 8786.

Comet Neowise

Comet Neowise, photographed by Eric Sweigard north of Palmyra.

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