Upcoming live events

  • “Journey through Space and Time”: 10 years with the Virtual Telescope more > on 24 Nov 2016 22:00
    in 30 days and 09:52 hours.
  • Your Astro Shop
    Your cart is empty
    Follow us on twitter
    Custom Search
    Other languages
      Translate to:

    Our Tech Partners
    Visitors online

    Post Calendar
    November 2013
    M T W T F S S
    « Oct   Dec »

    Comet C/2012 S1 Ison is approaching the Sun (18 Nov. 2013)


    Comet C/2012 S1 Ison: 18 Nov. 2013

    Comet C/2012 S1 Ison: 18 Nov. 2013

    On 18 Nov. 2013 at 04:50 UT comet C/2012 S1 Ison was imaged again at Virtual Telescope, under poor (full Moon, haze, very low altitude) conditions, remotely using the Planewave 17″ robotic unit: likely this is the object imaged under the worse conditions ever tried at Virtual Telescope.

    Despite this, the comet showed his features quite well, with a complex pattern revealing a very interesting structure in the ion tail. Above is an image coming from the average of six, 90-seconds exposures, with the robotic mount tracking the fast apparent motion of the comet. Comet Ison will reach perihelion in ten days by now and likely, this is the last image taken via Virtual Telescope before it.

    C/2012 S1 was reported to have undergone possible fragmentation, but still performs apparently well, so it will be very interesting to see what really happened there in the incoming days.


    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 an exclusive, LIMITED EDITION image of potentially hazardous asteroids taken by the Virtual Telescope! specifically made for supporters like you!

    donate now (you can adjust the amount later)


    This post has already been read 2651 times!



    Leave a Reply


    Get every new post on this blog delivered to your Inbox.

    Join other followers: