Record making comet P2016 BA14 Panstarrs: new images with tail and a stunning video with Messier 106 (24 Mar. 2016)
While it is leaving us after making history with its flyby, at Virtual Telescope we are continuously tracking comet P/2016 BA14 Panstarrs. Unfortunately, there is still a Full Moon and we had to fight against lots of clouds, but we could grab some interesting images, showing a nice tail.
The image above is the average of 14, 120-seconds unfiltered exposure, remotely collected with the PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. The telescope tracked the apparent motion of the object during the exposures. The comet is clearly showing a tail. At the imaging time, there was a severe Full Moon, with clouds all around.
The comet was also moving in a very interesting spot of heaven, “meeting” several interesting galaxies. The video below is quite stunning: P/2016 BA14 joins the marvelous spiral galaxy Messier 106, in Canes Venatici. Truly an amazing sight! In this video, North is right, East on the bottom; there are a few hot pixels, too.
The motion seen there is 240X the real one.
A still image is below, where a few frames were averaged: the comet is now looking as a dotted trail.
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