Comet NEOWISE

11/07/2020
July 2020 saw the first bright comet in Northern Hemisphere skies for over 20 years. I photographed it rising beside St Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor at 2.15am on the first clear night after perihelion (closest approach to the Sun). Using a 400mm telephoto lens, I had to limit my shutter speed to 2 seconds to avoid trailing of the comet and background stars resulting from Earth's rotation. Despite the early hour, two comet-watchers who happened to be on Glastonbury Tor completed the scene.