ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)–There is still time to view Comet Neowise before it fades and won’t be visible without a telescope or other optics. Currently the comet is visible about an hour after sunset until about 11:25 pm and also again starting at around 3:30 until about an hour before sunrise. See this morning’s story on tips to photograph this event. Viewing times and positions in the sky change so be sure to use a application such as Star Walk 2 to help you find the comet easier.
Below Comet Neowise as seen after dusk in Robbinsville, NJ:
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–The Lawrence Road Irish and the PC Tigers squared off at 10 am at the Trenton Babe Ruth field in the “Last Dance” High School World Series Baseball Tournament in the first round of play.
The “Last Dance” World Series Baseball Tournament was devised after the regular high school season and American Legion seasons were both canceled due to COVID-19. Each team is guaranteed at least three games in the tournament.
The final score was: Lawrence Road Irish 10, PC Tigers 0
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Trenton Fire Department was dispatched to the 700 Block of Chambers Street for a fire. Once the fire department the first arriving crew transmitted an “all hands” sending the full first alarm to the scene. No information is available about the fire.
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–On July 14, 2020 at approximately 11:38 am, a 2014 Toyota Camry driven by Robert Kopen, an 82 year old male from Hamilton, was traveling through the parking lot of the Foley’s Shopping Center, 1088 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd in Hamilton, when he struck a pedestrian who was walking through the parking lot. The pedestrian, an 88 year old female from Hamilton, was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center by ambulance for serious injuries. The crash is under investigation by Officer Keith McDonald.
Any witnesses are asked to please contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit at (609)581-4000. Information may also be left anonymously on the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008
UPPER FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, NJ (MONMOUTH)–A newly discovered comet that was found on March 27, 2020 called comet Neowise can bee seen just after dusk and the early morning hours for the next few days. The next time you’ll be able to see comet Neowise will be 6,766 years from now so you might want to get a look at it tonight just after dark.
If viewing it is best to use a application such as “Star Walk 2” to help find the elevation and area in the sky to look. Just after dark it can be seen in the north west sky and in the early morning hours it can be seen in the north east sky.
Tonight look north west about an hour after sunset and you’ll have about an hour to see it before it dips below the horizon at 11:25 pm. The comet will rise in the north east around 2:54 am and can be seen until about an hour before sunrise but as the sun rises the view of the comet fades quickly so earlier the better.
If viewing bring binoculars, spotting scope or telescope for the best view. For the next few days you can see it with the naked eye after that you will need optical assistance.
If photographing suggested items would be:
Lens 300 mm or longer.
Shutter release or use timer in camera so you do not get shake.
Manual focus on comet or other distant object and hyper focus in “live view” zoomed in if you have that option.
Shut off image stabilizer (if camera has it) to prevent a shake effect.
You will also need to find an area with a large field with a clear view to the north west sky for after sunset and a north east view for before sunrise. Take many different exposures and bracket in “manual mode” to make sure you get the exposure correct.
The comet can be seen all over the country in the night sky. The images below were taken in Upper Freehold Township near the border of Robbinsville Township.