Comet C/2012 X1 (Linear) outburst: a new image (1 Nov. 2013) and animation

 

Comet C/2012 X1 Linear: 1 Nov. 2013

Comet C/2012 X1 Linear: 1 Nov. 2013

On 1 Nov. 2013, the Virtual Telescope visited comet C/2012 X1 Linear again, to cooperate in understanding its outburst event, as part of a collaboration among the Virtual Telescope Project, Remanzacco Observatory and Faulkes Telescopes Project. This joint campaign already produced very interesting results measuring and showing the expansion rate of the dust shell released after the outburst.

Despite the foggy weather, new images were captured, remotely using the PlaneWave 17″ robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope. Also, the morning twilight already started and made things less easy to handle.

Above is an image coming from the average of six, 120-seconds unfiltered exposures, showing the comet fairly well. The size of the dusty cloud is clearly bigger than in our previous observations.  While the sky was not ideal, we obtained a usable image. Below is an animation putting together all (three) our available nights:


These new images will be shared as part of the collaboration with Ernesto Guido, Nick Howes and Martino Nicolini (Remanzacco Observatory and Faulkes Telescopes Project).

Check this page for an interesting analysis of the outburst!

 

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