Ben’s Picks: 30+ WOW Photos of Comet NEOWISE

Staff photographer Benjamin Williamson's favorite shots of our recent celestial visitor, by photographers across the state.

Dean Bugaj, Neowise and auroras at Grafton Notch
Dean Bugaj, Neowise and auroras at Grafton Notch

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Hopefully everyone has been able to see Comet NEOWISE with their own eyes over the past month. What started as a smudge on the eastern horizon at dawn morphed into a large, beautiful comet that stretched up to 20 degrees across the night sky and became visible for most people in the evening by mid-July. With the waxing moon and the comet receding from the sun and Earth, it has now started to fade. I wanted to commemorate the celestial visitor by putting together this gallery of images made across the state. Maine is lucky to have some of the darkest skies in New England, and Maine photographers took full advantage of that by capturing these stunning images. I’m always amazed at the work I see on a daily basis, and these photos prove that there are more than a few very skilled people wielding cameras across the state. — Benjamin Williamson


  • North Haven, by William Trevaskis
    North Haven, by William Trevaskis
  • International Space Station from Barretts Park, Camden, by Kyle Santheson
    International Space Station from Barretts Park, Camden, by Kyle Santheson
  • Barretts Park, Camden, by Kyle Santheson
    Barretts Park, Camden, by Kyle Santheson
  • Skowhegan, by John Meader
    Skowhegan, by John Meader
  • Katahdin, by John K. Putnam
    Katahdin, by John K. Putnam
  • NEOC, by Isaac Crabtree (Northwoods Aerial)
    NEOC, by Isaac Crabtree (Northwoods Aerial)
  • Over Kineo, by Isaac Crabtree (North Woods Aerial)
    Over Kineo, by Isaac Crabtree (North Woods Aerial)
  • Reid State Park, by Fred Bloy
    Reid State Park, by Fred Bloy
  • Lake Arrowhead, by Eric Storm
    Lake Arrowhead, by Eric Storm
  • Jordan Pond, Acadia, by Emma Forthofer (Friends of Acadia)
    Jordan Pond, Acadia, by Emma Forthofer (Friends of Acadia)
  • Over the Marsh, Georgetown, by Dean Bugaj
    Over the Marsh, Georgetown, by Dean Bugaj
  • Lubec, by Dean Bugaj
    Lubec, by Dean Bugaj
  • Boats, by Dean Bugaj
    Boats, by Dean Bugaj
  • Auroras at Grafton Notch, by Dean Bugaj
    Auroras at Grafton Notch, by Dean Bugaj
  • Over Togus Pond, by Dave Dostie
    Over Togus Pond, by Dave Dostie
  • Over Augusta, by Dave Dostie
    Over Augusta, by Dave Dostie
  • Messalonskee Lake, by Dave Dostie
    Messalonskee Lake, by Dave Dostie
  • Fisherman's Point Willard Beach South Portland, by Cynthia Farr Weinfeld
    Fisherman’s Point Willard Beach South Portland, by Cynthia Farr Weinfeld
  • Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth, by Cynthia Farr Weinfeld
    Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth, by Cynthia Farr Weinfeld
  • Over Katahdin, by Craig Shaknis
    Over Katahdin, by Craig Shaknis
  • Bowerbank, by Chris Shane
    Bowerbank, by Chris Shane
  • Reflections at Branch Pond, by Mike Taylor
    Reflections at Branch Pond, by Mike Taylor
  • Central Maine, by Mike Taylor
    Central Maine, by Mike Taylor
  • Beech Hill, by Benjamin Williamson
    Beech Hill, by Benjamin Williamson
  • Maranacook, by Amy Durocher
    Maranacook, by Amy Durocher
  • Looking at Acadia from Cranberry Island, by Amanda Bracy
    Looking at Acadia from Cranberry Island, by Amanda Bracy
  • Looking at Acadia from Cranberry Island, by Amanda Bracy
    Looking at Acadia from Cranberry Island, by Amanda Bracy
  • Lubec Boats, by Adam Woodworth
    Lubec Boats, by Adam Woodworth
  • Sebago Lake, by Sandra Miner
    Sebago Lake, by Sandra Miner
  • Lincolnville, by Reena Walkling
    Lincolnville, by Reena Walkling
  • Lincolnville, by Reena Walkling
    Lincolnville, by Reena Walkling
  • Eustis, by Kevin Bennett
    Eustis, by Kevin Clark
  • Katahdin Reflection, by Nathaniel Child
    Katahdin Reflection, by Nathaniel Child
  • International Space Station, by Marie Estock
    International Space Station, by Marie Estock

Follow these great Maine photographers:
William Trevaskis, Kyle Santheson, Amy Durocher, John Meader, Isaac Crabtree (Northwoods Aerial), John K. Putnam, Reena Walkling, Eric Storm, Fred Bloy, Emma Forthofer, Dean Bugaj (Wanderland Photographic), Dave Dostie, Cynthia Farr Weinfeld, Craig Shaknis, Chris Shane, Mike Taylor, Amanda Bracy, Adam Woodworth, Sandra Miner, Kevin Clark, Nathaniel Child, Marie Estock.


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