Comet 209P/Linear: a new image (20 May 2014)

Comet 209P/Linear: 20 May 2014

Comet 209P/Linear: 20 May 2014

While waiting for the online session sharing this comet and, above all, the potential Camelopardalids meteor shower connected to it, at Virtual Telescope we imaged comet 209P/Linear again on 20 May 2014.

Twelve, 180-seconds exposures, unfiltered, were remotely collected using the PlaneWave 17″ robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project, then averaged. The Paramount ME tracked the fast apparent motion of 209P, resulting in trailed stars and a sharp image of the comet.

The resulting image is visible above, showing comet 209P/Linear with a curved tail at least 16 arc-minutes long.

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