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July 21,2024

THIS MONTH: SKY

MICHAEL G. SEAMANS/MORNING SENTINEL                                                                                                 BUY IMAGE
The comet Neowise dashes across the sky as the sun sets at Robbins Hill Scenic Overlook on Old Canada Road in Solon.

Neowise, the comet traveling at 144,000 mph 64 million miles away on its 6,800-year trip past Earth, was visible after sunset in the northwest night sky just below the Big Dipper on July 15, 2020.

It would have been easy to let such an event fall through the cracks while humanity grappled with a global pandemic and civil unrest but 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 was worth the effort. 

- Michael G. Seamans

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RICH ABRAHAMSON/MORNING SENTINEL
Andrew Ireland, left, and Laci Sanborn, both from Skowhegan, are silhouetted against the sky after watching the sunset at the Robbins Hill overlook in Solon. See more images from Rich.
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SHAWN PATRICK OUELLETTE/PRESS HERALD 
Pigeons balance on a wire as the moon rises behind them on a winter day at Pine Point in Scarborough. See more images from Shawn.
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ANDY MOLLOY/KENNEBEC JOURNAL 
TJ Wilson sinks a three-pointer on the outdoor basketball court at Gardiner High beneath a sky full of cumulus clouds. Wilson said he practices basketball everyday to help his Hall-Dale team capture a state crown.
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GREGORY REC/PRESS HERALD                                                                                                                         BUY IMAGE

A bolt of lightning is reflected in the water of Back Cove in Portland as a storm cell moves northeast across the city. Explore more of Greg's work.

JOE PHELAN/KENNEBEC JOURNAL 
Fireworks, launched from the other side of the Kennebec River, light up the November sky over the State House in Augusta. The show wrapped up the city's annual holiday tree lighting event. The 20-second exposure was taken from Howard Hill Historical Park. See more photography from Joe.
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DEREK DAVIS/PRESS HERALD
Visitors walk along the edge of the surf at Higgins Beach in June as menacing clouds appear. Explore more photos taken at Higgins Beach.
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BEN MCCANNA/PRESS HERALD
Clouds float high above a patch of tulips blooming in Deering Oaks in Portland. This photo was featured in the Press Herald's "Seeing blue" gallery. Check it out here.
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A man jogs past the commercial boat ramp near East End Beach in Portland under foggy skies on March morning. Explore more of Ben's work here.
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MICHAEL G. SEAMANS/MORNING SENTINEL
Central Maine Pyrotechnics lights the night sky over the eddy on the Kennebec River in Skowhegan as  River Fest's Dinner In The Park wraps up in 2022. All proceeds from the popular dinner go to revitalization projects for the city. Explore the gallery. 
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GREGORY REC/PRESS HERALD
Sheep stand in a darkening field in East Blue Hill on Thanksgiving as Jupiter shines in the southern sky at dusk. See more photos like this in the "Days of darkness" gallery.
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Len Farinas of Lewiston wades in shallow water while waiting for a wave to carry him on his surf board at Higgins Beach. Explore a gallery of Maine summer images from the Press Herald photo team.

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