Comet C/2012 S1 Ison: new image from the Virtual Telescope

Comet C/2012 S1 "Ison": 4 Mar. 2013

Comet C/2012 S1 "Ison": 4 Mar. 2013

Comet C/2012 S1 “Ison” is expected to be a potentially amazing comet later this year. While it continues its journey to the inner Solar System, it is monitored by many astronomers around the planet and the Virtual Telescope team is doing the same.

The image above comes from the average of 5 single exposures, each integrated for 300 seconds. For this, the PlaneWave 17 robotic unit was used. The telescope tracked the stars without any autoguiding. A little tail is clearly visible.

We do expect to keep an eye on this comet for the next months!


Back to “Solar System” page


Support The Virtual Telescope Project!

If everyone reading this right now would donate something, our fundraiser would be done in a few days. Please, donate and receive unique, LIMITED EDITION set of images showing the stunning 19 Feb. 2019 Supermoon above Rome, images of the Tiangong 1 and International Space Station above Rome and more, specifically made for supporters like you!

donate now (you can adjust the amount later)

You can also order our 2019 Calendar, featuring our unique images of the stars above the legendary monuments of Rome!



You may also like...

2 Responses

  1. martino says:

    Hallo Gianluca, how can we estimate the dimension of this comet in particular?
    Which is the fact that leads us consider it will be very bright? thanks

    • Gianluca Masi says:

      The orbit and the perihelion distance are the most important factors. Of course, being a comet, there is still a lot of uncertainty on the real behaviour

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.