Much of humankind has been more connected than usual this year by some globally challenging events. A worldwide pandemic, the economic stress it has brought, as well as uprisings around racism, have been part of humanity’s evolutionary arc this year. But even if “necessary” on some cosmic spiritual scale, these have been hard on most everyone in varying degrees.
However, we were treated worldwide to an incredibly beautiful cosmic event in the past month as well. Comet NEOWISE (standing for Near Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer–say that fast twice!) graced the skies of the entire Northern Hemisphere (and many in the Southern Hemisphere managed to spy it) for most of July. Though officially still visible through July 31st, it has faded in brightness to where few are seeing it now.
And what a sight it was!
You may have caught it in person (I tired to no avail near the end of the run a few nights back, when the constant fog finally cleared), but if not, you possibly saw some of the photos of this incredible celestial event, similar to the purely celestial one above from China.
But I got on a roll of looking for and “collecting” other types of photographs of this beauty, shots which included the diverse locales of earth as well. I felt a profound and uplifting connection to people all over as I looked at their photos on social media and communicated with them! I also loved these photos that showed the connection of earth with the heavens. I was so taken with some of these that I wanted to share them.
I have not managed to know all of the locations nor photographers names, but marked those I could. If I know of a photographer’s website, I share that also.
(Should any photographer see this and want yours removed, please let me know. I am not intending to infringe on anyone, but since these were all freely shared online, I assume the artists want a wide audience).
Keep scrolling and enjoy! Let me know your favorite(s). I highly suggest to look at these on the largest screen you have.
And feel free to share widely. We could all use the inspiration and beauty!