Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak meets Messier 97 and Messier 108: 22 Mar. 2017

On its way to perihelion, comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is crossing a very nice spot of the sky. On 22 March 2017, it showed among the stars of Ursa Major, where the stunning “Owl” planetary nebula (Messier 97) and the Messier 108 spiral galaxy are lurking. At Virtual Telescope we could not miss this cosmic meeting!

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak meets Messier 97 and Messier 108: 22 Mar. 2017

Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak meets Messier 97 and Messier 108: 22 Mar. 2017

The image above comes from the average of three, 60-seconds exposures, unfiltered, remotely taken with the 16″-f/3.75 Tenagra III (“Pearl”) robotic unit part of Tenagra Observatories in Arizona. Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is showing with the spiral galaxy Messier 108 (on the bottom) and the planetary nebula Messier 97 (nicknamed “Owl” nebula).

The observatory is placed at 1300 meters above the sea level, in the Sonoran desert, providing one of the best skies in the world. This image was taken as part of  a cooperation between the Virtual Telescope Project and Tenagra Observatories, Ltd., which will be announced soon.

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