Comet C/2013 UQ4 Catalina: a new image (24 July 2014)
Ten. This is the number of nights comet C/2013 UQ4 Catalina was observed via the Virtual Telescope. For sure, it is clearly fainter than in mid-July, but its dusty tail is still well visible and worth a continued monitoring. This ex-“Damocloid” object is a long period comet (P > 450 years) was a great gift to those studying this kind of minor bodies.
The image above comes from 19, 180-seconds exposures, median combined to remove the presence of the stars and leave the comet well visible in its complete morphology. They were remotely taken with the 17″ robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope. As always, the telescope’s mount tracked the apparent motion of the comet.
The image scale is 1.26″/pixel, North is on the right, East on the top.
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